When Patty became Tania
Last night I watched two parts of a new series on CNN..."The Radical Story of Patty Hearst."
I had never heard of her or her story before, but the commercials on CNN got me hooked. So I watched it.
Instead of me summarizing the events in my own words and missing some details...I am going to pull info. from CNN itself and share it here to give synopsis to those unfamiliar with the story from the 70s.
Read the excerpt from CNN:
I found the story at its core such an intriguing one and an almost silenced part of American history and I was wondering why the topic wasn't covered in any classes I took in high school or college?
Granted, I was an art student, but I took criminal justice and history courses. Isn't there a lot to learn here? Isn't there a lot to question and debate? Conversations to be had? Questions about humanity and right vs. wrong, force and brainwashing and so on? The such significant value people place on status and the heights that they will go to "reach" it?
What I got from the documentary so far is that the SLA ultimately stood for radical change. They did not want California to turn into a "police-state." Police were about to enter schools and require students to use ID cards. From my understanding, the SLA thought if they allowed that, then more and more of their rights would be taken away.
The members of the SLA gave themselves nicknames as part of their new identities. Patty, after she decided to stay with the group, chose the name Tania.
I certainly do not agree with their way of showing the outrage for this change...by killing the man (Marcus Foster) who wanted to implement these school changes. But I think the idea of showing disapproval and speaking our minds is as important as ever. (I also do not agree with every other terrible terroristic thing they did, including the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and "brainwashing" her into becoming a terrorist...etc.) But, just saying, we need to be involved and speak up for what we believe.
Anyways, just something I've been thinking about and trying to understand more about after that documentary.
Obviously, after googling, I know what happens next. But I still am excited to see the rest of the series.