Ruby Bridges Says America Is Reverting To Pre-Civil Rights Racism

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In this Aug. 7, 2013 photo provided by Rahoul Ghose/PBS, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges speaks during PBS’ “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.

“You almost feel like you’re back in the `60s,” said Bridges, who is now 60 years old. “The conversation across the country, and it doesn’t leave out New Orleans, is that schools are reverting back” to being segregated along racial lines, she said. “We all know that there are schools being segregated again.”

On Nov. 14, 1960, Bridges — then 6 years old — became the first black student to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans.

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