Naming Carrier After A Black Hero May Make It Untouchable

Naming Carrier After A Black Hero May Make It Untouchable
Rod Aydelotte /Waco Tribune-Herald via AP

In a break with convention, the U.S. Navy said Monday it was naming an aircraft carrier after Ship's Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie” Miller, a humble, enlisted naval hero of no particular political achievement. In recent memory, naming honors for modern U.S. carriers—the centerpieces of the U.S. Fleet—were reserved for the maritime elite: U.S. Presidents, congressmen, or admirals. A few more were named for America's earliest aircraft carriers, the proud flat-tops that held the Pacific front in early World War II. 

Why such a dramatic departure from established tradition?

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