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USNS Medgar Evers

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  1. basso

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    nice article by Ira Stoll in the NY Sun on the christening of a ship named for a genuine american hero.

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    Each civil rights leader had his own role to play in the struggle for integration. Thurgood Marshall was the lawyer. Martin Luther King, Jr., the inspiring orator. And Medgar Evers was the martyr.

    Evers was the field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP. After President Kennedy had given a nationally televised civil rights speech on June 11, 1963, Evers’s wife had let their three children stay up past midnight to wait up for their father, who was returning from a strategy meeting. At about 12:20, they heard the sound of his car, which they recognized. Then they heard the car door open, and then the sound of a rifle shot.

    The children kept crying “Daddy, get up, please get up,” as their father bled to death.

    Medgar Evers was back in the news over the weekend with the U.S. Navy’s christening, at San Diego, of the United States Naval Ship Medgar Evers, a 689-foot, $500 million new dry cargo and ammunition ship. There were remarks by the secretary of the Navy, Raymond Mabus, a former governor of Mississippi. And by Medgar Evers’s widow, Myrlie, who said, “I will not have to go to bed ever again wondering whether anyone will remember who Medgar Evers is.”

    To some it may seem incongruous to name a warship after a slain civil rights leader. But the more one learns about Evers, the more sense it makes. As Adam Nossiter writes in his book Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers, Evers earned medals for his World War II Army service in the Normandy invasion and the campaign in Northern France, and he is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

    In a televised address on May 20, 1963, less than a month before his death, that is reprinted in The Autobiography of Medgar Evers, Evers said, with evident pride, “I speak as a native Mississippian. I was educated in Mississippi schools, and served overseas in our nation’s armed forces in the war against Hitlerism and Fascism.”

    Before going to work for the NAACP full time, Evers made his living as a businessman. A salesman for the Magnolia Mutual life insurance company, he sold NAACP memberships along with the life insurance policies.

    Writes Mr. Nossiter: “Unlike other civil rights leaders in the 1960s, Evers had thoroughly American, thoroughly middle-class aspirations. As a college student working the Chicago meatpacking plants during the summer, he knew few greater pleasures than driving out to the Evanston suburbs to gaze covetously at the grand suburban mansions.”

    While subsequent generations of protesters — whether against the Vietnam War or today’s “Occupy” crowd — sometimes seem at odds with mainstream American values, or indifferent to them, Evers was as American as the Declaration of Independence he quoted in his speeches.

    In the immediate aftermath of Evers’s murder, probably not even the most wild-eyed dreamer could have imagined that one day the administration of a black president of the United States would be naming a navy ship for Medgar Evers. It’s perhaps a sign of how far America has come that the ship’s christening wasn’t even that big a news story. The New York Times didn’t mention it.

    Medgar Evers would have been proud — all he ever wanted was full participation in America. His memory is an inspiration for all of us who believe both that America is pretty great to begin with and that it can get better over time thanks to the sacrifices of heroes.

    Mr. Stoll is editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com and of the just-launched NewsTransparency.com.
     
  2. giddyup

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    What seems radical in it's day becomes mainstream in it's future when it's on the right side of History. The right side is always about more inclusion, more freedom, and more equality and more determination by The People.
     
  4. geeimsobored

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    Other civil rights leaders weren't "American" enough? They didn't have thorough "middle class" aspirations? (whatever that means)

    And whats up with the random jab on protestors? Protestors aren't American enough either?

    Leave it to a Basso article to take a good story and use it to editorialize some stuff that's completely irrelevant to the story.
     
  5. A_3PO

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    I guess Medgar Evers is one of the few black guys basso approves of.

    What an honor!
     
  6. FranchiseBlade

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    Only after the fact. At the time basso would have been spewing bogus untrue articles about Evers while trying to write in fake ebonics.
     
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    Great job by Obama's navy to honor a hero.
     
  8. rocketsjudoka

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    Yeah that is just unnecessary.
     
  9. basso

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    nice job bring the hate to a celebratory thread about the life of a great american.

    well done.
     
  10. FranchiseBlade

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    He was a great American who wouldn't take kindly to folks like you talking fake ebonics when referring to African Americans like you do frequently.

    What is offensive is you who race bait at every opportunity and then use the fake ebonics typing frequently acting like you appreciate civil rights because you quoted an article that somehow tries to contrast and portray modern civil rights activists in a less than favorable light.

    If you don't like being called out for your offensive behavior, then cut the offensive behavior. If you are going to make offensive posts then you need to be man enough to take the feedback from it.
     
  11. giddyup

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    The jackals are relentless.
     
  12. thadeus

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    lol, just another basso thread.
     
  13. basso

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    the "assoitudiness" is not basso induced.
     
  14. Dubious

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    It is, gravitationally.
     

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