What’s the most significant fact about the May 19th terrorists? Politico’s headline. “The Dark History of America’s First Female Terrorist Group”, conveys the spin.
The article/excerpt manages to go through the entire piece without naming a single victim while glamorizing the terrorists.
The terrorists get extensive bios while their victims are just generic NPCs like “the group’s string of violent and spectacular operations from 1979 to 1985: armed robberies that led to the murder of police officers and security guards, audacious prison breakouts” or ” when Family gunmen killed a guard and two policemen”.
As the Ahmed Arbery case ought to remind us, whom we humanize or dehumanize reveals a lot about us and our priorities.
To the media, the quite relatable leftist terrorists from academic and upper middle class backgrounds have always been human while their victims, working class guys doing tough jobs, have never been.
The only people who bother remembering them are local law enforcement.
Mountainview Avenue at the entrance to the New York state Thruway off Route 59 was lined with law enforcement officers, friends, family and residents during a tribute to Sgt. Edward Grady, Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown, and Brinks guard Peter Paige.
The robbers killed Paige and wounded his partner Joseph Trombino while stealing $1.6 million from an armored car outside the Nanuet National Bank at the Nanuet Mall on Oct. 20, 1981. O’Grady and Brown were killed less than an hour later at the Thruway roadblock.
The nearly hour-long ceremony featured a police honor guard, a wreath-laying, taps, a rifle salute, pipe and drums, and singing of the national anthem.
That was the year Judith Clark was paroled.