He Has Shown The Way

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President Barack Obama, Congressman John Lewis, and President George W. Bush on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during commemoration ceremonies on March 8, 2015.

John Lewis is a personal hero of mine, having risked (and very nearly sacrificed) his life so that other lives could be better. Esquire ran an article in which Lewis speaks on a subject he knows all too well – the dangers inherent in men like Donald Trump:

“When I see the people that react to Donald Trump’s words at those rallies, I see the same look in their eyes that I saw [in the eyes of Sheriff Clark and his posse]—a look that says, ‘you’re not a part of us, you’re not a part of the American family, you come from someplace else.’ When Trump talks about building a wall, to lock certain individuals out, people rallied. They screamed and yelled. It reminded me of some of the rallies that I saw on television for [infamous racist/segregationist Alabama governor] George Wallace during the ’60s. It makes me somewhat sad. I thought for many, many years that our country had become much more hopeful, much more optimistic, and we had come to a place where we saw unbelievable changes. I’ve said over and over again that we have witnessed what I like to call a nonviolent revolution in America during the last 50 years, a revolution of values, a revolution of ideas. I think the Trump campaign is trying to take us back to another place, another time, and we’ve come so far, made so much progress, I don’t think we can afford to go back…”

The entire article (which includes excerpts from Lewis’ graphic novel) is worth a read. In fact, it should be required reading for every school in America, as well as a certain incoming administration.

Unrest

C’mon Charlotte, we’re better than this.

Image: Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting

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Burning things down won’t undo the shooting, won’t bring Keith Scott back to his family, and won’t make things any better for any of the rest of us. We desperately need calmer heads to prevail, and an actual dialogue to start AND BE MAINTAINED.

Yes, it’s hard. No, it’s not fair. But it must happen or nothing will be solved.

So That’s What It Took

 

The More You Know

This is pretty awesome.  An Alabama jogger is jogging, as is the custom, and gets stopped by the local constabulary because REASONS. Also, it’s nighttime, and it’s dark, and HE’S dark, so clearly he’s a thug of some kind running from some crime that hasn’t even been called in yet.  Maybe the officer is part of the Pre-Crime Division?  Anyway, a situation that could easily result in yet another shooting (and post-mortem smearing) of a non-criminal citizen heads in an entirely different direction:

Well played, sir.

#Selma50