Political correctness gone too far!!

  1. I heard and read that they plan to make a memorial statue for 9/11 of the three firefighters raising the American flag at the WTC site. It was a very emotional picture if you all remember.
    BUT instead of actually portraying the three firefighters that were there they are going to make 1 white, 1 black and 1 asian(I think, I could be wrong about this last one).
    Anyway this in my opinion is political correctness gone way too far.
    The firemen that actually were there and were pictured are furious.
    So am I . This is ridiculous. I realize people of all nationalities perished in this tragic event but if your going to erect a staue of an actual event, it should be as it really was. It just burns me that everything always has to be politically correct these days so no one is offended. Just wondered what other opinions you all have.
  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   Q.

    That is an utter disgrace! If they want to erect a momument that symbolizes the diversity of those who died, then pick another way to display it! I can't believe this! Whose decision is this? Whose money is paying for this?? It better not be mine!

    That is a slap in the face of those three firemen who risked their lives! I am at a loss for words..I am stunned and utterly disappointed.

    What a frickin JOKE.

  4. by   Stargazer
    I agree. I heard about this the other day and was incredulous. I understand that they want the racial diversity of the FDNY represented but the fact is, this statue will be based on a historical event. Are we going to go back and "colorize" pictures from the firefighter holding the baby at Oklahoma City or the flag-raising at Iwo Jima? How about paintings of Washington crossing the Delaware?

    There is a very simple solution to this. Simply make the statues bronze, and make the faces abstract enough that they are representations of the firefighters rather than photo-perfect portraits.
  5. by   fergus51
    A firefighter friend here told me the only color that matters to him is on the uniform. He feels there is no need to be politically correct to the point where we would fudge over history. I agree. I have never heard firefighters arguing over race and credit so why should we?

    I heard the third one is going to be hispanic though...
  6. by   Mkue
    I heard this very same thing yesterday.

    I say that the original picture/statue should not be messed with as that would be reverse discrimination.

    Erect another statue that is politically correct to represent all nationalities.

    The original picture was a "moment" in time and frankly who all noticed what color the firefighters were? I say leave that one alone and erect another for those that feel this picture does not represent "all". Those men just happend to be there at that time and "color" was probably the last thing on their minds.

  7. by   CATHYW
    I heard it too. It is another example of how absurd we can be when we are trying to do the right thing.

    There were not 3 men of different races out in that rubble looking for a flag to pose with. While there were different races working like dogs out there (and some dogs too ), exposing themselves to all kinds of environmental contaminants, those 3 white men happened to find the flag and raise it. It is reasonable to assume that they might have remembered the photo or the memorial of the flag raising on Iwo Jima, and positioned themselves for what they knew would be an historical photograph. But---who cares? They were there, doing what we couldn't, and they were 3 white men.

    Let them make the statue of bronze, as has been suggested, such as the Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Nurses Memorials are made of. We don't ever want to forget that horrible day.
  8. by   3651bht
    very closely ( don't forget I still got an extra pair of glasses if ya'll need them) you cannot see the faces of the soldiers of Iwo Jima.. Anyone care to hazzard a guess as to why????

    May the sun shine brighlty on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at your back .... or something like that...

    P.S. From Billy Joel We didn't start the fire .... And I didn't start the thread FYI.....
  9. by   Mkue
    Iwo Jima photo USED the original men that brought the 100 lb. flag up, one happend to be Native Indian, Ira Hayes.

    As the thread says, this has gone too far.

    May your photos be remembered as they were at that moment in time as the wind whips through our beloved flag. As someone mentioned on CNN, next they will want a wheelchair in the picture.

  10. by   3651bht
    Close but no cigar...

  11. by   Mkue
    I totally agree!

    No matter what they do we will never forget that horrible day.

    And everyone will always remember the original photograph no matter how they try to change it.

  12. by   Q.

    A wonderful article on the subject.

    My sentiments exactly.
  13. by   Furball
    If you look closely, you'll notice that the firefighter with the little potbelly loses his stomach in the statue. No biggie, just something I noticed.....
  14. by   Mkue
    Bravo Suzy and Ann Coulter !!

    Suzy thanks for posting that site

    Ann Coulter continues to write with profound relevance.