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Lindstr7
08:42 PM on 01/13/2013
Thank you for your courage Mr. Patterson. I hope other journalists will live by your example.
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01:00 AM on 01/14/2013
Speaking of journalists learning by example, I didn't appreciate all the surround ads for K. Bigelow's movie running all this morning with this article. It's like they tried to do a product placement. Very ironic.
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carledgar
Eschew the passive voice in breaking news stories
08:05 PM on 01/13/2013
One thing that always bothered me - apart from the more serious forms of abuse - was the rudeness - the simple denial of dignity to African-Americans. Somehow, I suspected that to be more soul-destroying than outright hostility. I could be totally wrong.
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Peach Pickle
02:40 AM on 01/14/2013
As an African American I think it was more soul destroying. When I was a small child my oldest sister was one of the first blacks to attend a non segregated school in our small one stop light town. My parents received death threats. My dad knew exactly who the the guilty persons were and told us. While I was growing up things changed and those people who had called and threatened my parents would go out of their way to stop and talk to us and even at times give us a hug or bring my parents gifts( like part of their gardens and fish). I guess over time they figured out what they were doing was wrong and the guilt was overwhelming. At least I hope it was. I hope their consciences still bother them.
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Mailman
07:57 PM on 01/13/2013
Sounds like a hero has died.
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paulita
Progress is an evolutionary process
07:25 PM on 01/13/2013
I love brave people who do what's right when they don't have to. Mr. Patterson was one of these people. It is good to be reminded also of the whites during that era who fought for justice like him and John Doar.

Well done Mr. Patterson, RIP.
06:49 PM on 01/13/2013
RIP you did the right thing
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Tracy Martin
06:37 PM on 01/13/2013
Godspeed, Eugene. You'll be missed.
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peaceistheanswer
What you do to the Earth you do to yourself
06:06 PM on 01/13/2013
Rest in Peace Eugene. The world is a far better place because of your activism.
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peaceistheanswer
What you do to the Earth you do to yourself
09:09 PM on 01/13/2013
OMG what a cute pic!
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RichStine
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06:01 PM on 01/13/2013
We all have capacity to do the right things, speak up when those are silent, or with resolution, sometimes with retribution, to stand up, when nobody else (or very few others) will, either because they lack the courage themselves, or for whatever reason, wait for someone else to move or speak or stand, first.
This man was susceptible as much as the next, to the faultiness that comes with being human. What is remarkable is, that he is among the few handful whose righteous convictions were allowed to take spark within himself, and that he had the courage to listen.
RIP Patterson
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Notmybrotherskeeper
Just an average European-American....
05:50 PM on 01/13/2013
Uh huh, a legend in his own mind.
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Tracy Martin
06:38 PM on 01/13/2013
Not just his.
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WHTrout
Religion is the Root of All Evil
06:51 PM on 01/13/2013
And in the minds of millions of us who proudly salute his dedication to truth and justice -- of course, for a 'Bagger like you, "truth" and "justice" are totally alien concepts, so we are not surprised by your idiotic postings.
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Notmybrotherskeeper
Just an average European-American....
06:57 PM on 01/13/2013
I know just what you mean as I'm not surprised by yours either.
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silsez
Wait for it...
05:14 PM on 01/13/2013
Wow! Photographed with a cigarette in his mouth and lived to be 89.
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vew
03:27 PM on 01/13/2013
I was in high school when I read his article about the church bombing. I will always have great respect for Mr. Patterson and the other newspaper writers/publishers who fought prejudice and segregation in the South. They made us think about what our beliefs really were and what we could do to make our world a better and fairer place.
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04:01 PM on 01/13/2013
What some may not realize is the extent to which reporters and photographers were intimidated, threatened and even beaten. Like many international correspondents they did often actually put their lives on the line.
04:35 PM on 01/13/2013
Indeed. Today, reporters in Mexico are being threatened and murdered the same way by drug cartels. He was a great reporter and a brave man.
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LucreziaBorgia
03:04 PM on 01/13/2013
What an honorable and decent man. RIP, sir.
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02:59 PM on 01/13/2013
Such an amazing writer who told stories of that pivotal time in history. How stark a contrast from today's insular columnists and self-serving bloggers whose only mission is to see their names on a screen or in print. Back then he was joined by the likes of Louis M. Kohlmeier, Haynes Johnson, John Fetterman, William Tuohy, Seymour M. Hersh, Sydney Schanberg, and Sol Pett who saw journalism as a high calling if not calling attention to themselves. Much like figures who fought foreign wars and domestic social ills, these greats are leaving us. Mr. Patterson truly lead a full life. I can only hope that more read about it. Bless him.
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whoknew---
02:49 PM on 01/13/2013
Geesh I wrote a comment about an hour ago, still in que.

Just a comment praising the guy.

Really?
02:43 PM on 01/13/2013
Wow...what a remarkable man! As Martin Luther King, Jr. said so eloquently, and I paraphrase here:

What we will remember is not the hateful words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends!

Mr. Patterson was a hero who refused to be silent, and for that we should all be proud and very grateful!!
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WHTrout
Religion is the Root of All Evil
06:51 PM on 01/13/2013
Hear! Hear! (faved)