Monthly Archives: July 2016

John Lewis, Bloody Sunday, and “allies”

Until I saw the tweet from John Lewis, from the floor of the House of Representatives, I had been totally unaware of the “Blood Sunday” episode in the story of American civil rights.

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Representatives John Lewis and Katherine Clark were on the House floor, leading a sit-in to protest the lack of gun legislation in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings.

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Lewis (center, in blue tie) and Clark (left, in blue suit) lead a sit-in on the floor of the House

Lewis is no stranger to demonstrations. He was at Selma on Bloody Sunday, marching for the right to vote.  When the demonstrators crossed the bridge, they were met by police with clubs.

 

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John Lewis, front, had his skull fractured.

 

Lewis had his skull fractured.

It is becoming popular for anti-harassment “experts” to encourage other people to act as “allies”.  But are they prepared for what comes next, after crossing the bridge?

If you have never seen this, you need to watch the video of original march here.

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