Shoshana Johnson v Jessica Lynch

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    I actually am just hearing a story that I havent heard before.

    Both Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch were held captive in Iraq. Shoshana is now complaining that the (possible) reason she is not getting the same attention as Jessica Lynch is due to race.

    (I posted this in General USA versus Iraq section because this is probably more of a race thing... move it if I guessed wrong Jim)

    I thought it would be kind of interesting to see some of the different views on this.

    (P.S... anyone interested, apparently tonight at 10 pm on MSNBC during Scarborough Country they'll be addressing this)
     
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    Undoubtedly the race card is being thrown into the mix. I can't say it's true or not at this point, but obviously a little proof would be nice. She would need to show that she received less benefits specifically because of her race.

    Personally, I believe if her accusations are found to be baseless, she should lose her entire benefits for trying to smear the military.

    I'm all for her fighting for benefits (if she deserves more, I'm not qualified to decide that), but bringing in the race card is wrong, not to mention a bit premature as I'm yet to see any kind of proof on this.
     
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    Unfortanately, you know it's going to be about race - it always wind up that way. If you remember, other than Jessica's benefits, she had a whole new addition put on house, all the works. What did Shoshana get? she will claim that her ankle was shot and has a hard time getting around, etc. but Jessica's bones were shattered. I also beleive it was the town that did all this for her at their expense and donations.

    Your right Jim, if she does deserve more, that's one thing, and should get it, but if about race, just kills me. Maybe Al Sharpton gave her a call!!! Sharpton to the rescue, always having to start some sort of trouble. It's just too bad that race continues to be a problem and that people just can't get a long and see what' right and what's wrong!! never going to happen though.
     
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    I don't see this the way you guys do this time. Personally, I think Jessica is playing this for all she can get. The people are actually making her out to be some kind of hero. The only true hero in this case was the muslim man who helped the military find her. Now she is raking in all kinds of money with a movie, a book, tv interviews etc. She is no more deserving of any military medal than the purple heart, which all of the wounded should receive. Yet when her true "hero" (the man who help troops rescue her) came to her hometown - she was too "busy" doing promotions for her book to even meet with him. She should have been there to kiss his feet in my opinion.

    If you recall, there were 4 others (at least I think it was four) injured at the same time (Soshanna among them). Granted, they didn't have some kind of heroic rescue, but they all deserve to be treated equally. We haven't heard much about any of the others since the day they were rescued.
     
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    Joanie, I agree that the circumstances surrounding Jessica Lynch's adventure is skeptical.

    But, I was commenting about Shoshana Johnson playing the race card. Let's assume for a minute that Lynch's entire story has been fabricated, how does that make this racial bias?

    If anything, it's mistreatment of benefits, not a difference based on race. IF the truth has been stretched in Lynch's case, the extra benefits can be added incentive to keep her memory loss!

    That extra incentive was not based on race, neither was the intitial decision to give Johnson a lower rate.
     
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    I don't think it's about not getting the same benefits, but about the monetary offers and publicity compared to what the others got (a free ride home period). I think I would probably feel the same way as her - and I'm not black, so how can that be playing the race card. I also feel perhaps the American public is guilty of giving the pretty little white girl more attention. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it's just how I feel. Not sure if it ever happened, but I remember back when Jessica was first rescued there was talk about awarding her a medal of honor - that I think would be one of them dumbest things to do! As I stated, all she did was have the misfortune to be captured by the enemy - no heroics involved!
     
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    But is she getting a raw deal BECAUSE she is black? I agree that on the face it appears she is getting less treatment than Lynch, but I highly doubt it's because she is black.
     
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    How come the others, that are WHITE, that were rescued aren't crying??? like you said, they haven't been mentioned since their rescue, so how come they aren't standing beside Shoshana claiming the same thing????
     
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    Nope, I don't agree that it is because she is black - guess I just said what I had to regarding Jessica the money maker.
     
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    She is the money maker, and that's wrong, but like I said, how come the other POW's are standing in line???? you haven't heard a thing from them, AT ALL!!!!
     

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