Norman Perceval Rockwell (1894-1978) painted “The Problem We All Live With” in 1964.
It’s one of the most important images ever done of an African-American in illustration history.
This iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way to an all-white school in process of desegregation. Because of threats and violence against her, she is escorted by four federal marshals; the painting is framed such that the marshals’ heads are cut off.On the wall behind her is written a racial slur and the letters “KKK”; a smashed tomato thrown at Bridges is also visible. The white crowd is not visible, as the viewer is looking at the scene from their point of view.
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