The Problem We All Live With is an oil on canvas painting by the American artist Norman Rockwell, produced in 1964. The Problem We All Live With stars Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, on her first day of class. Most white students attend expensive private schools where only a few minorities can afford. The painting captures the girl in her white dress, carrying a ruler and a book while escorted by the 4 marshals, also captured is the wall having some racial epithet together with a recently thrown splattered tomato. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies.Read more →. It's the Normandy School District in Normandy, Missouri. It is no accident that Rockwell painted The Problem We All Live With ten years after Ruby Bridges first set foot in William Frantz Elementary School. Policies aimed at addressing racial segregation are seriously affected by arbiters of society found in the cities. Rockwell's first assignment for Look magazine was an illustration of a six-year-old African-American school girl being escorted by four U.S. marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans. Some previous Rockwell fans were disgusted and thought the painter had taken leave of his senses. Blacks were considered an outcast of the society. His 1964 painting, “The Problem We All Live With” has continued to be instrumental up to date. He or she was very prompt. Classrooms are in deplorable conditions that are difficult for learning. The painting is a national reminder of an error when accessibility of education by the minority groups was a challenge. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. Ordered to proceed with school desegregation after the 1954 Brown v. This puts pressure on the little income they make as they have to buy basic commodities at a higher price thus leaving little amount to cater for their kid’s education. The painting shows 6 year old Ruby Bridges being escorted to the school by four U.S. marshals. The segregation is so apparent in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas. It’s like the situation has remained worse as before. She notes that the notion that education puts less advantaged kids at a good level of improving their probability of success does no longer exist. A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. The 1960s were the essence of the Civil Rights Movement. It is a good read! On the other hand, low income parents have little time for their kids as they are busy working for a livelihood. Example is the use of the term “diverse schools” yet such schools are in actual terms segregated. The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. Only well paid parents can afford to take their kids to private schools while others can only rely on the public schools in the neighborhood. He promoted interracial relations through his paintings. It is estimated that the graduation rate is at an average of 34%. "The Problem We All Live With" was a stark, muted, uncomplicated composition, and the topic! Some courses offered in other schools such as music and art are a thing of the past in such schools. Ruby Bridges was the first black American child to enroll in a school considered to be of the whites only. They have time to look into their kid’s education and talk to their teachers. Ruby had to be escorted by the marshals to ensure her safety as the mob gathered at the school heckled at her. The idea of change regarding education is well analyzed by Jonathan Kozol. You can control what cookies are set on your device in your "cookies settings". Background. In addition, the few available resources are put under pressure by the ever increasing student’s population (Pero etal, 2007). This painting was drawn at a time when the minority groups in America were beginning to demand for equality and end to racial discrimination. The country at large was so much opposed to the idea and this resulted to demonstrations in major cities aimed at criticizing the court’s decision. in recent years. This came after the court ordered desegregation of public schools to give opportunity to all children regardless of their background to enroll in any public school. This also has an impact on the number of college completion with those from poor families facing challenges in completing college education on time. You can control what cookies are set on your device in your "cookies settings". This way, they are able to monitor the performance of their kids and realize it when weaknesses start developing. Thereafter she was the only student in her class. Unfortunately, high school kids understand better what discrimination is all about. The Problem We All Live With, 1964. The statistics shows that children from poor background are to a large extent isolated to certain schools. The Problem We All Live With strikes directly at the heart and exemplifies Rockwell’s hallmark approach: strong horizontals, close foreground, and, especially, telling details which draw the viewer into concluding a narrative, one orchestrated to move him.