Black people secured the right to vote over 50 years ago. Blacks vote at higher rates than Asians and Hispanics and exceeded White voter turnout in the 2012 election. A lack of voting for civil rights dinosaurs like John Lewis who served in Congress for 33 years isn’t the problem.
“While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.
That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on. …
When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”
Has non-violence and peace finally triumphed over aggression, war and violence in cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta and Portland? Is this what freedom ringing looks like in those cities?
Have we overcome the burdens of racial division? Have we set aside “race, class, age, language and nationality” to think ourselves as Americans? Is that what John Lewis represented when he served in Congress and accused the Tea Party of spitting on him and calling him a n***er?
All the people who were naive enough to believe that America had “moved beyond race” and was progressing toward a “colorblind society” who were duped by activists like John Lewis in the 1960s now look like fools. It turns out that all that utopian rhetoric was just a con all along.
Note: Barack Obama compared Donald Trump sending federal officers to defend the federal courthouse in Portland from Antifa to Bull Connor’s crackdown in Birmingham in 1963 this afternoon.