The Ignorant vs The Hero

Yesterday, the Trump administration once again proved their ignorance.  Trump & Co are planning to attend an opening ceremony on Saturday of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum  in Jackson, Mississippi.  For Trump and his minions, it is a photo op, one of those ‘see and be seen’ moments, nothing more, for Trump has already shown his disdain for the achievements and goals of the Civil Rights movement.

Congressman John Lewis is one of those civil rights leaders, one of the icons of the era who is greatly admired and respected.  Mr. Lewis has declined to join Trump on the visit, calling the trip an insult to the African-Americans commemorated there.  Representative Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi has joined Lewis and will not attend the ceremony.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum.” – Joint statement issued by Lewis & Thompson

Various civil rights groups, including the NAACP, have also protested Trump’s appearance at the ceremony …

“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement.” – NAACP president and chief executive Derrick Johnson

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary who speaks for Trump, said ..

“We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.  The president hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds.”

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John Lewis receiving Medal of Freedom – February 2011

John Lewis IS one of those brave civil rights leaders who risked life and limb time and time again to, as Ms. Sanders put it, remove barriers and unify Americans of all backgrounds.  The entire statement shows that she, like her boss, has no idea what the civil rights movement was about, who its heroes are, and what they sacrificed.  Her words are as a slap in the face to a man who is far greater, far braver, than Donald Trump will ever be.

Let me tell you a little bit about John Lewis, who has long been a hero of mine. He was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, served as Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organized voter registration efforts that led to the pivotal Selma to Montgomery marches, was one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the March on Washington, coordinated SNCC’s efforts for “Mississippi Freedom Summer,” a campaign to register black voters across the South. He is best known for the role he played on March 7th, 1965, known as “Bloody Sunday”, when he helped lead over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At the end of the bridge, they were met by Alabama State Troopers who ordered them to disperse. When the marchers stopped to pray, the police discharged tear gas and mounted troopers charged the demonstrators, beating them with night sticks. Lewis’ skull was fractured.

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A True Leader … John Lewis, President Barack Obama and Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson

Now, let me also tell you why John Lewis will not travel to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum with Trump.  First, Trump’s frequent support of white supremacists is a slap in the face to Lewis and all he has fought for.  But it goes even further than that, for in January, just a few days before his inauguration, Trump said of John Lewis …

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”

Not only was that a highly inappropriate remark for Trump to make, but it was blatantly false, for Lewis’ 5th district, which includes Atlanta, is far from a hellhole, incorporating the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Tech and Emory University.

Even back on the campaign trail in 2015/2016, Trump denigrated African-Americans, telling them that their communities, indeed their very lives, were so bad that they had ‘nothing to lose’ by supporting him.  And ever since he took office, he has pandered to known white supremacists, such as Steve Bannon, policy advisor Stephen Miller, former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, and others.  Then came the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August, where Trump refused to condemn white supremacists, finally did utter a weak condemnation, only to reverse it a day later.

In addition to his support of white supremacists, Trump has embraced law enforcement practices and voting rights restrictions that disproportionately and negatively impact black communities, repeatedly picked fights with black athletes who he has accused of not showing him sufficient respect, and demanded apologies from prominent African-Americans who have criticized him. Why would John Lewis, who fought so hard for the rights of African-Americans, wish to associate himself with the likes of Trump?

John Lewis deserves to be honoured at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, for it is he as much as anybody who made that museum possible.  Donald Trump is the intruder and has no legitimacy there, other than having been invited, as a courtesy or protocol, by the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant. I would love to see John Lewis attend, as he should, but not with Trump.  He should stand proud as one of the last surviving heroes of the civil rights movement and take his place there, shaking hands and accepting the thanks of so many, rather than stand anywhere near the odious Trump.

38 thoughts on “The Ignorant vs The Hero

  1. Dear Jill,
    President Trump has been a beacon for racists to where if he had any decency, he would not show up at the opening of this museum. By US Rep.Lewis choosing not to attend, he is sending a message. He is saying, I will not associate with someone who spits on the very values that I have fought for years to achieve. I can’t blame him.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, but you said the key word there … if he had any “DECENCY”. We already know that word is not even in his vocabulary. It seems sometimes, that his goal in life is to be as insulting and obnoxious as possible, and his supporters eat it up! Hugs!!!

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  2. Back in ’97, the then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, spoke at the Reconciliation Convention. Whether through ignorance or contempt, he dismissed the abuses suffered by our indigenous peoples as a mere ‘blemish’ on white Australian history…
    “Indigenous delegates in the audience stood and turned their backs on the Prime Minister in protest.”
    I don’t know if that symbolic act means much in the US but here it was a huge slap in the face and John Howard knew it. Wish I could find a video or even a picture of his face. He /knew/.
    If black and white Americans did the same to Trump, maybe even his inflated ego would finally get the message.

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    John Lewis, a true hero should never be anywhere near the ‘ignorant con-man’!!
    ‘John Lewis deserves to be honored at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, for it is he as much as anybody who made that museum possible. Donald Trump is the intruder and has no legitimacy there, other than having been invited, as a courtesy or protocol, by the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant. I would love to see John Lewis attend, as he should, but not with Trump.’

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      • You’re most welcome, as always!! Seems we are on the same page …. Lewis has always shown character and dignity. throughout history. The yellow sack of feces hasn’t … that’s what he is feces!!
        tight hugs!! I surely need some!!! ❤ …

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          • TY!! Good day … waking up to your comments is always very nice!! I saw bits and pieces of his ‘message’ … arrgghh, puking!! Can’t stand him and his double talk, out of both sides of his mouth. Compare that robotic tone to his ‘fiery’ rally voice the night before in Pensacola … again, I only watched glimpses of ‘it’ … truly, truly … the man is mentally ill. Tight hugs, dear friend!! ❤ …

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    • Thank you, Suzanne! Yes, and this is not the first time Trump has put Lewis down … he just seems to think nobody notices. Remember how he put John McCain down, saying he wasn’t a hero? Perhaps he is so threatened by those who truly are heroes, while he sat on his wimpy ass, that he has to put them down to justify his own existence?

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  4. Jill, its a shame that you are not on National TV news… Your message is right on target. So many Americans cannot see the hypocrisy of Lord Chaos and his lip service to ideals that he does not hold.

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    • That is high praise indeed, my friend! Thank you! He is always an abomination, but when he picks on people whose character so far exceeds his, people like Mr. Lewis who have done such great good at such personal expense, he makes me want to stomp him!

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  5. Since Trump insists on attending the ceremony, this is what they should do; play the national anthem and take a knee. Then play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and stand. See how quickly he leaves, and then they can continue the program without him.

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  6. As usual, Trumpty Dumpty has no clue. Would any history teacher step forward to educate this man (oh, why do I see so many teachers running away now…)? Seriously, the sole fact that he sits in that office is an insult to the whole Civil Right Movement. Yesterday in read in “Der Spiegel” a quote that not everyone who voted for Trump is a racist, but that they all felt it was ok to trust a racist to govern this country. Neat, isn’t it?

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    • Sigh. Yes, it is the strangest situation imaginable, and just when you think it cannot possibly get any stranger, it does. He is a threat not only to the U.S., but the globe … look what he did yesterday to the Middle East!!! I think I’ll come live on your side of the globe!

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