Thursday, December 9, 2010

My thoughts on the recent piece on Rosa Parks, the passing of Elizabeth Edwards and making heros in the United States in 100 words

After reading this recent piece on Rosa Parks's myth reframed to include her long work in social activism and the simplification of the legacy of Elizabeth Edwards' passing in mainstream media as "Mother", "Caring" and other singular nouns and adjectives, I'm noticing how pitiful we/media/society frame our American "Heroes." If having heroes means using small words, simplifying a person's actions to describe how great they are. Or reduce their character to a 1 positive word and remove the contradictions, faults and complexity, then I have no heroes. I'd rather admire people for being human beings than statues in a museum

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