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Good for them: The USNS Medgar Evers

The Navy has christened its newest cargo and ammunition ship the USNS Medgar Evers. Now, how about honoring a Hispanic such as Cesar Chavez? And I’m still waiting to see Nat Turner get his due, perhaps with an escape & evasion course named for him. I’d also like someday to ride aboard a Malcom X-class ...

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ARLINGTON, VA - JUNE 16: The tombstone of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is seen in Arlington National Cemetery June 16, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. Medgar Evers was killed in Mississippi by an assassin's bullet as he returned home on June 12, 1963, Byron de la Beckwith was convicted of the assasination in 1994. A ceremony, organized by three students from Chicago's Adlai E. Stevenson High School, was held today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Evers's death. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

The Navy has christened its newest cargo and ammunition ship the USNS Medgar Evers.

Now, how about honoring a Hispanic such as Cesar Chavez? And I'm still waiting to see Nat Turner get his due, perhaps with an escape & evasion course named for him.

I'd also like someday to ride aboard a Malcom X-class destroyer, or the USS Crazy Horse, which would make a cool attack submarine. And USS War Chief Joseph would be a good name for a flagship.  

The Navy has christened its newest cargo and ammunition ship the USNS Medgar Evers.

Now, how about honoring a Hispanic such as Cesar Chavez? And I’m still waiting to see Nat Turner get his due, perhaps with an escape & evasion course named for him.

I’d also like someday to ride aboard a Malcom X-class destroyer, or the USS Crazy Horse, which would make a cool attack submarine. And USS War Chief Joseph would be a good name for a flagship.  

Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images

 
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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