For John Lewis, freedom wasn’t a future goal; it was an immediate, moral imperative

by | Feb 6, 2018 | Culture

John Lewis, one of our most courageous and patriotic citizens, a civil rights icon, found himself the target of a twitter rant from our new Emperor. He labelled Lewis, "all talk, talk, talk--no results".

John Lewis, one of our most courageous and patriotic citizens, a civil rights icon, found himself the target of a twitter rant from our new Emperor. He labelled Lewis, “all talk, talk, talk–no results”.

Lewis, all talk??? If ever there was a man of action, it was Lewis. He rode the buses during the Freedom Rides, not backing down after fire bombs, violence, and angry mobs descended on the buses. During the Freedom marches, Lewis always planted himself in the front row, including Selma, knowing full well he was an easy target for a lunatic with a gun. When the NAACP lawyers counseled civil rights soldiers they were moving too fast, that achieving freedom requires time, diplomacy and patience, Lew simply said, ‘I’m marching in the morning and you can join me or not.’ He marched.

For Lewis, freedom wasn’t a future goal; it was an immediate, moral imperative.

Lewis was a man of action, not talk. Our country owes him a huge debt for confronting our American Taliban, the KKK, and for being on the front lines in the fight against America’s cancer, racism.

Our new Emperor should not be denigrating this man but instead should be petitioning Congress to have a statue erected in his honor. Maybe the Emperor’s charity could fund it? It previously funded our Emperor portrait to the tune of $20,000.

You can’t make this shit up.

Our new Emperor further stated that Lewis’s district was “crime infested and falling apart”. Not quite the truth…well, let’s call it like it is: it’s a lie. Most of Lewis’s district is doing very well. A small section is still disabled by institutional racism, a structure fueled and nourished by our new Emperor, perpetuated by gerrymandering, the new voter suppression laws, the Citizen United Supreme Court decision, lobbyists and men such as the Koch brothers whose wealth is sustained by these insidious structures.

America’s greatness will fully blossom when we remove the shackles from all Americans, when the power of the underserved, the disenfranchised, are unleased.

Dismantling the structures which suppress large sections of our society will usher in a Renaissance for America, an unprecedented explosion of innovation, prosperity and growth.

But I digress. This is about John Lewis. We all know what he did during the Civil Rights era, but how about our new Emperor, where did he apply his vision and energy during this pivotal time in our nation’s history?

Oh yeah, he was convicted of systematically and intentionally denying Afro-Americans the right to live in his housing projects. If you were a person of color and wanted to live in a Trump structure, well, suddenly the apartment was no longer available. In other words, our new Emperor was one of the architects of institutional racism, an institution that Lewis continues to fight.

So a tale of two cities, or men, and how they spent their Civil Rights years.

I guess you could say our Emperor was a man of action–he worked very hard to keep people of color out of his buildings.

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