Christina Taylor Green, 9-year-old Feminist, Laid to Rest
It is too easy, perhaps, to allow a child we never knew to symbolize the depth of a tragedy such as that which took place in Tuscon on Saturday, where six people were killed and 13 -- including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- wounded in a mass shooting by a lone gunman. But the life of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, bookended, as it were, by two horrific events, has come to symbolize what is best and most devastatingly confounding about life in America. Today, the little girl was laid to rest after a funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, near the strip mall where the child lost her life.
As pointed out in countless articles, Christina Taylor Green was born on September 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks on the United States. Today, outside the church where she received her funeral rites, a flag damaged in those attacks was hoisted by two cranes.
President Obama last night eulogized her this way:
Christina was an A student, a dancer, a gymnast, and a swimmer. She often proclaimed that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the major leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her. She showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age, and would remind her mother, “We are so blessed. We have the best life.” And she'd pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.
Christina Taylor Green was also the president of her school's student council, and an eager participant in the political process. I didn't know her, but I do mourn her, not just because of all she symbolizes as a poignant victim of a great tragedy. I mourn her as a fellow feminist. Christina Taylor Green was what a feminist child looks like. How heartbreaking not to know what all she would have become.