Life as I know it… plus commentary

Meet Rep. John Lewis

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CNN reports the following:

Washington (CNN) – Civil rights icon and veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said anti-health care bill protesters Saturday repeatedly yelled the “N” word at him as he left a heath care meeting and walked to the Capitol.

“I haven’t seen heard anything like this in more than 40 years, maybe 45.” Lewis said. “Since the march from Selma to Montgomery really.”

“Yeah, but it’s okay,” Lewis added. “I’ve faced this before. So, it reminded me of the 60’s. There’s a lot of downright hate and anger and people are just being downright mean.”

The incident was confirmed by Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, who was walking with Lewis at the time. Protesters were yelling, “‘kill the bill, kill the bill’ and the ‘N’ word several times,” Carson said.

If you’re interested in who John Lewis is, the is video chronicles the life of the son of sharecroppers who made a decision to become a part of the civil rights movement and became a US congressman.

This is who was called slurs and spit on in 2010.


Written by arnold

March 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Posted in Culture, Politics

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  1. It’s very sad, that’s for sure. You can fight a bill without resorting to such means. You might be shocked here, but I am pleased that the bill passed on some respects. I have a pre-existing condition that had banned me from getting an individual policy, so now I am thrilled that pre-existing conditions are banned.


    March 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  2. I’m old enough to have been at the March on Washington and young enough (I was 16) to have admired John Lewis’ speech more than Dr. King’s at the time. I thought Lewis was young and radical and I admired him to his candor.

    This man is a hero who put his life on the line when it mattered.


    March 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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