Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Yesterday, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The ghosts of the three civil rights workers, who were murdered in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, were allowed to mingle with today's luminaries: Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Marlo Thomas and more. The half-ghost Ethel Kennedy received a medal too.
They say that the three dead young men received the biggest applause when their names were called. That's what we do. When enough time has passed to make it okay, we lionize the ones we treated so horrifically when it would have counted.
I wonder in what year the names of today's dead boys will be called.