Little Rock — Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine entering Central High School under the protection of federal troops, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas called on Arkansans to confront the continued reality of racism and combat its pernicious effects.
Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, made this statement:
“This anniversary should not be a celebration of a goal achieved, but rather an urgent call to action to address the systemic racism and injustice that continue to pervade our society. Sixty years since the state of Arkansas tried to thwart the U.S. Supreme Court mandate in Brown v. Board of Education and block the integration of Central High School, we have yet to achieve racial integration or equality, either in public schools or in society at large. We urge Arkansans to recognize the racism that continues to poison our justice system, our schools and our daily life – so that we may combat these harmful forces with clear-eyed determination and renewed resolve.”