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Thread #41992   Message #610864
Posted By: Coyote Breath
16-Dec-01 - 02:41 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (background)
Subject: RE: Help: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos
Back in '48, the omission of the names of the Mexican nationals struck Woody Guthrie as wrong, it depersonalized what was a deeply personal tragedy for the friends and families of the passengers. Woody saw the racism in those omissions and his song focuses on that.

Now lets fast forward to the present. You all realize, I'm sure, that today it is rare that a list of victims of air airline crash is published! I am not sure if these lists are omitted due to a sensitivity towards the survivors on the part of the airline, an act designed to protect the airlines legal interests or the news media not wishing to take up valuable advert space. Hmmmm.