15 Jan 2004 Words Mean Things
The following comes from Project 21 member Michael King, and an earlier version can also be found on his blog:
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, when introducing former VP Al Gore in New York, had the nerve and audacity to claim that the young girls that were killed 40 years ago in the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama church “gave their lives” for the cause of civil rights.
What a load of used food! Those little girls did not “give” their lives! They went to church to worship the Lord.
They became symbols for the cause, certainly. But to say that they “gave” their lives — as if to say that they willingly went to their deaths — is insulting at best, and pandering to the primarily black audience that Dean seeks to court at it’s very worst.
None of the mainstream media caught this insult. They are conforming to the pandering.