Smoking out that passive voice

Professor Althouse does it so well, and does it again here.  She nails the NY Times here ‘”Gunfire erupted” is a classic hiding of human agency. And then one guard “was killed” and another guard “was left.” The dead guard was Peter Paige.’

The story is about the recent denial of parole to Judith Clark, driver of the getaway car in the Brinks’ robbery in Nanuet, NY.   It happened in 1981.  Is there a White Privilege angle here?  Ms. Clark, who is apparently Caucasian, formerly sentenced to life without parole, now is eligible for parole thanks to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.  But one of the victims was a police officer and African American: Waverly Brown.

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