A giant. A legendary leader. A civil rights icon. A human saint. Here’s how friends, colleagues and admirers are remembering John Lewis, who died on Friday at 80. https://t.co/TqYSgLL5ex pic.twitter.com/RJYsWeM6ZR— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 18, 2020
We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. He was truly one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us and which direction to march. To John’s family, friends, staff, and constituents, Jill and I send you our love and prayers.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 18, 2020
Whenever I walked to the Capitol to vote next to John Lewis, I always felt like I was walking with justice in the flesh. I did not know MLK but I knew John Lewis, and the spirit, and the inspiration, to me were on the same exalted plane. He made us all better. Thank you John.— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) July 18, 2020
God has welcomed @repjohnlewis home. Defender of justice. Champion of right. Our conscience, he was a griot of this modern age, one who saw its hatred but fought ever towards the light. And never once did he begrudge sharing its beauty. I loved him & will miss him. #JohnLewis pic.twitter.com/XNbiEsClQl— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) July 18, 2020
John Lewis was a giant and a moral compass. I can’t wait to see what kind of good trouble these kids get into. https://t.co/StYY1S9xO9— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 18, 2020
That time John Lewis, then 76-years-old crowd surfed on the Stephen Colbert Show. pic.twitter.com/SVx0sTXy2q— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 18, 2020
John Lewis is dead.
By the way the media has reacted, you would think one of the Apostles had just passed away. Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington calls him “justice in the flesh.” Joe Biden says “we are all made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis.” Stacey Abrams calls him “a griot of this modern age.” Elizabeth Warren calls him a “giant” and a “moral compass.” The New York Times calls him “a human saint.”
For what is John Lewis deserving of such lavish praise? It is not for his accomplishments during the 33 years he served in Congress representing Atlanta. It is for one thing. It is for leading a mob in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL on March 7, 1965. After being ordered to disperse, John Lewis refused to do so and the mob was repulsed by Alabama State Troopers. The event was labeled “Bloody Sunday” by the media. It became part of the narrative of the Civil Rights Movement. It made John Lewis a “civil rights icon” and was a key event that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the naive days of the television era, White Americans swallowed this narrative as it was presented to them.
In this sacred narrative, John Lewis was transformed from a mere human being made in the image of God into a saint and a civil rights martyr who advanced the cause of “equality,” “justice” and “progress” through civil disobedience against state and local authorities. The Edmund Pettus Bridge became a symbol of a heroic struggle. Religious pilgrims from across the world trickle into Selma to this day to see the relic which has become a modern equivalent of a Medieval shrine. Selma ceased to be a city in Alabama were people live and work and took on national significance. In 2014, the movie Selma was released which glorified MLK and John Lewis. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards.
In my lifetime, I knew Rep. John Lewis mainly as a civil rights dinosaur who was a throwback to another era who was fond of calling Donald Trump a racist and illegitimate president. I also knew him for coming back to Selma every year for the holy pilgrimage in which he would reenact his march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that made him famous. Every year in early March out of state progressive liberal politicians like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton and the media would parachute into Selma for a photo op on the bridge before leaving town and coming back a year later to reenact the same cynical ritual. By marching across the magic bridge, even the Rev. Al Sharptons of the world became righteous and holy!
Jesse Lee Peterson is from here and knows the truth:
Please spare me all the phony platitudes & “heartfelt” condolences abt @repjohnlewis. He was an evil man! A Marxist sympathizer & supporter of #BLM who spent 30+ yrs attacking America & undermining our Constitution. All he did was destroy. Save the drama for yo mama! #JohnLewis— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) July 18, 2020
He dead! https://t.co/S2pDQNEn0y— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) July 18, 2020
There is another darker side of the legacy of John Lewis. Selma and the surrounding region never really ceased to be a place where people live and work after 1965. It just ceased to matter in anything but the symbolic sense to the elite media. After John Lewis left town, the cameras left, the marching stopped and civil rights legislation was signed into law, the people who lived in Selma and the Alabama Black Belt had to go on living under the new order. Black majority rule came to “Historic Selma.” History moved on and in the 55 years that have elapsed since “Bloody Sunday” the practical result has been that Selma has become the poorest city in Alabama and the ninth poorest city in the entire United States.
This symbol of “equality” is now one of the worst and most unequal places to live in the country. This symbol of “justice” is now unjust to anyone unfortunate enough to be born there. This symbol of “progress” is a blighted and abandoned television prop. The Voting Rights Act succeeded in establishing black majority rule. In doing so, it obliterated civilization because Whites didn’t want to live there anymore or invest in the community. As for “Bloody Sunday,” no one died on that day, but now Selma is the most dangerous city in Alabama and one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
In the Game of Thrones series, The Doom of Valyria destroyed Valyrian civilization. Go to Selma in 2020 and you will see that John Lewis brought a similar Doom which has settled like a black cloud upon the city. Selma is now a cursed place which is sinking into ruin and being reclaimed by the wilderness. It is an American version of Pompeii that was destroyed by John Lewis. It is also a place that tells us a lot about the mindset of progressive liberalism – the moral certitude and self righteousness, the disregard for established norms, the impractical fanaticism that bends reality to abstractions and the lack of interest in the real world consequences – which made Selma into the dystopia that it is today.
Note: The ghost of John Lewis will likely continue to haunt Selma in the afterlife.