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February 23, 2010

"If you had seen the faces of those children as we loaded them onto the airplane, you wouldn’t have asked a lot of questions, either.” (Gov. Rendell)

Haitian children Pittsburgh.jpg

If a month ago, this picture offered a completely uncomplicated, “feel good moment” for Gov. Rendell, Pittsburgh and the United States, today it’s prime evidence of a knee-jerk paternalism allowing America — without asking or answering any questions — to surgically whisk these children away because we’re the greatest … and who are they, anyway?

The backstory.

(photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press. captions: Haitians who had been living in an orphanage that was destroyed in the quake landed at Pittsburgh’s airport last month.)

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