However, the AT goes awry here:
The fact is that, to paraphrase Lincoln, "if you look for the worst in a group, you're sure to find it."
To capitalize on [the film's] success, Roy Disney, brother to Walt and head of studio business, issues thousands of Pollyanna photo locket necklaces containing a quote attributed to Lincoln in the movie: When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will.
When writer/director David Swift discovers the necklaces in a gift shop while on vacation, he immediately calls the studio to have them recalled; he had made the quote up.
That has long been the editorial view here.
JUST WHAT IS THE ALLEGATION? I question this headline in The Root:
Black Teens Allegedly Light White Teen on Fire
I understand that news outlets employ an abundance of caution when naming names, but no suspects have been identified. Is there serious doubt as to whether (a) the victim was white, or (b) his assailants were black, or (c) he was set on fire?
OK, maybe there is some doubt. Team Root will look like geniuses if this kid was really burned in a meth lab explosion in his basement.
Here is their close:
If the students were black, they should be charged with a hate crime. This type of violence should not be tolerated anywhere.
I'm not a big supporter of hate crime legislation, being more of a 'punish the behavior, not the motivation' type; in this case, one might presume that the penalties for setting a person on fire are severe. However, if the law is on the books this sounds like the sort of case for which it was written.
IT WAS MEANT AS A SIMILE! Sweet Jiminy - the AT points to this quote heading the burned student's high school staff page:
"The Teacher Is Like the Candle, Which Lights Others, While Consuming Itself."
Maybe the school can dispense with the ignition similes.