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Remembering and honoring a hero

June 10, 2009

His name is Stephen Tyrone Johns.  He was doing his job, protecting a museum dedicated to making sure humanity remembers the impact of unfiltered and unfettered hate… the same hate that drove his murderer to open fire in the museum.

 

Nicely put from Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Perhaps this means nothing but I feel that I should acknowledge that a black man was killed on guard duty at the Holocaust museum. That may mean nothing. But I think it should be said.

and Jeffrey Goldberg:

No, it means something. More than something, in fact.  The great tragedy of the rift between blacks and Jews is that while we waste time arguing with each other, our common enemy — racialist fascism — goes unfought. Add Stephen Tyrone Johns to the group that includes Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman. All were victims of the same sick ideology.

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