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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
True Grit: Honoring the 19 Dead Hotshot Firefighters
Tidal wave after tidal wave washing ashore, remaking the America our ancestors built (toiling away, sacrificing, bleeding, and ultimately dying to ensure their progeny were left with a better nation than the one they inherited – the privilege of citizenship, now castigated in every corner as ‘white privilege’) into something foreign; something alien.
But then you come across a story of selflessness, daring, sacrifice, adventure, and the type of fortitude so seemingly rare in this world, because we rarely look for the good things in life anymore.
And no matter how high the waters get, you realize they’ll recede.
The 19 members of the Hotshot Crew that died battling the wildfire in Arizona (all were white people) are testament to the indomitable spirit that forged a nation out of a vast wilderness of nothing; these are the type of people who would have volunteered to travel to New Orleans in the days after Katrina ravaged the city and the remaining black population there turned it into a war-zone... all as black elected officials and a majority black police force only augmented the misery, demanding help from the outside world.
In the face of unbelievable heat, and death a certainty with a change in wind direction, these elite firefighters still risk their lives to protect a civilization their ancestors toiled, sacrificed, and ultimately died to create.
A change in the wind…
Things can seem bleak.
Tidal wave after tidal wave crashing ashore…
But remember: the same capacity for selflessness, bravery, and daring shared by the 19 Hotshot crewmembers are all emotions/actions that, with but a change in the wind, represent something else entirely.
Posted by Stuff Black People Don't Like at 8:14 AM