Ruth McBride-Jordan, born a white jew from eastern Europe, who was brought over to the united states as a child. Ruth lived during some of the most controversial decades in American history, a time of great political and social change. Racism and prejudices against all kinds of races and religions was abundant in the United states throughout most of the 20th century and was deeply embedded in the ignorance of the people in our still very young nation, but despite society's prejudices and the social and religious expectations bestowed upon her, Ruth managed to follow her heart and live life to its fullest.
Having been raised by a jewish rabbi(her father Tateh) and by her jewish mother, both of whom were jewish immigrants, Rachael Shilsky was born into a culture and a lifestyle that had severe limitations and was not generally accepted in most parts of the world during the early to mid 20th century. She attended school in Suffolk North Virginia and had virtually no friends ...view middle of the document...
As mentioned in the introductory paragraph Ruth lived in the most racially controversial decades in American history(1920’s-2010).If you take a look at this time period you can see historical events such as the Japanese internment during world war 2, the jewish holocaust(also during world war 2), the height of the civil rights movement(1960’s)and the deaths of its greatest leaders, and thats just to name a few. After looking at this time period it makes all the more incredible what Ruth did. She married a black man as a white woman and had children. The dangers of doing this when she did it were very high. People lynched black people for this kind of actions. It was socially unacceptable, but Ruth seldomly feared what would happen to her but instead she followed her colorblind heart and married the man “not based on the color of his skin, but the content of his character” as Martin Luther King Jr. so famously put it.
The great people throughout history who we still study today were the people who defied the status quo. People who had ideas and implemented them into the marketplace or as we call it society. This is what I call a social entrepreneur. For example George Washington and his cohort of founding fathers had the very radically idea of independence from the British. Martin Luther King Jr. had the crazy notion that we were all created equal, and Barack Obama said a man or woman should be able to love and marry whomever he or she wants. Ruth had the small, simple idea of marrying a man she loved, who also happened to be black. All of these people took a great risk and some of their ideas initially failed but in the end they came through and we look back at them with great respect. In the end however, what Ruth did was nothing huge; just something small that made a very slight difference but impacted the bigger picture. She let no one live her life for her but instead she seized every day and followed her heart.
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