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Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:16 PM

Relatives question honor for civil rights workers

Source: Associated Press

Relatives question honor for civil rights workers
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press | November 23, 2014 | Updated: November 23, 2014 11:43am

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy.

They worry it could relegate the racial equality movement to history books when it should instead be seen as relevant as ever, particularly in light of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old in August.

A widow of one of the civil rights activists said the honor, which will be awarded Monday in a ceremony at the White House, "distorts history."

"There were not just three men who were part of a struggle. There were not just three men who were killed," Rita Schwerner Bender told The Associated Press in a phone interview from her law office in Seattle. "You know, the struggle in this country probably started with the first revolt on a slave ship, and it continues now."

The civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were killed June 21, 1964, in Neshoba County, Mississippi. The FBI launched a massive investigation that it dubbed "Mississippi Burning," and the three bodies were found 44 days later, buried in an earthen dam.


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Judi Lynn Nov 2014 OP
DavidDvorkin Nov 2014 #1
shenmue Nov 2014 #2
840high Nov 2014 #5
EEO Nov 2014 #3
still_one Nov 2014 #4
jtuck004 Nov 2014 #6
heaven05 Nov 2014 #7
jtuck004 Nov 2014 #8

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:36 PM

1. It seems to me that it would remind America of the violence and danger

involved in the struggle for rights. Having their story on TV screens again would surely be a good thing.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:37 PM

2. I think so too

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:53 PM

5. Absolutely so.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:44 PM

3. A war does not have to end before you may honor those who fought in it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:50 PM

4. seeing that vandals still desecrate the tombstone of Chaney highlights why not only to these civil

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:29 AM

6. She is correct. This will close that chapter for many.

 

A few more minutes on some channel, a few writers will profit from them again, and then off to be buried, again.

Would be nice if there was something to do that couldn't be put in a box, something that continued.

Then again, the medal is the least we can do

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 09:59 AM

7. lost soldiers in

 

a fight for moral right will never be forgotten by me or many others. Even if those in Philadelphia, Mississippi never forget, that keeps the struggle, that has been ongoing to this very day, alive. The sad part is....it's still ongoing....racism is a systemic poison in this country's cultural veins that nothing yet has been found able to kill it. Hell can't even neutralize it.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:18 PM

8. "nothing yet has been found able to kill it." < That's because the right people haven't

 

tried nearly hard enough. It's too useful.


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