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Facts no longer mean what they once did
|Last Edited||DFWDem Feb 23, 2010 04:10pm|
|News Date||Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||I got an email the other day that depressed me. |
It concerned a piece I recently did that mentioned Henry Johnson, who was awarded the French Croix de Guerre in World War I for singlehandedly fighting off a company of Germans (some accounts say there were 14, some say almost 30, the ones I find most authoritative say there were about two dozen) who threatened to overrun his post. Johnson managed this despite the fact that he was only 5'4" and 130 pounds, despite the fact that his gun had jammed, despite the fact that he was wounded 21 times.
My mention of Johnson's heroics drew a rebuke from a fellow named Ken Thompson, which I quote verbatim and in its entirety:
"Hate to tell you that blacks were not allowed into combat intell 1947, that fact. World War II ended in 1945. So all that feel good, one black man killing two dozen Nazi, is just that, PC bull."
In response, my assistant, Judi Smith, sent Mr. Thompson proof of Johnson's heroics: a link to his page on the website of Arlington National Cemetery. She thought this settled the matter.
Thompson's reply? `"There is no race on headstones and they didn't come up with the story in tell 2002."
Judi: "I guess you can choose to believe Arlington National Cemetery or not."
Thompson: "It is what it is, you don't believe either..."
At this point, Judi forwarded me their correspondence, along with a despairing note. She is probably somewhere drinking right now.