Little Rock Crisis
September 4, 1957
Under orders from Governor Orval Faubus, the Arkansas National Guard was called in to prevent nine blacks from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock, in what became known as the Little Rock Crisis. Three weeks later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard removing them from Faubus’ control and then sent in elements of the 101st Airborne Division to protect the black students. In retaliation, Faubus shut down all four Little Rock public high schools for the 1958-59 school year, in what is referred to as “The Lost Year.”
The students became known as “The Little Rock Nine,” and in 1999 were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
“The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people…that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
– Thomas Jefferson
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787.
“In Great Britain we do not have the right to cause an intruder any injury whatsoever, nor indeed any attacker. Yes, we must allow ourselves to be seriously hurt or killed lest we harm the attacker.”
– Alan J. Holmes
“The right men have by nature to protect themselves, when none else can protect them, can by no covenant be relinquished.”
– Thomas Hobbes
“Research has consistently indicated that victims who resist with a gun or other weapon are less likely than other victims to lose their property in robberies and in burglaries.
Consistently, research also has indicated that victims who resist by using guns or other weapons are less likely to be injured compared to victims who do not resist or to those who resist without weapons.”
– Gary Kleck, Florida State University School of Criminology
Marilyn Monroe wore a low-cut red dress to a party. The next morning, a columnist complained that Marilyn Monroe was “cheap and vulgar,” and would have looked more decent in a potato sack. Marilyn’s response was this. (1951)