Rep. John Lewis: “I Was Beaten by Police Officers, But I Never Hated Them”

Rep. John Lewis: “I Was Beaten by Police Officers, But I Never Hated Them”
July 08 13:02 2016 Print This Article

Rep. John Lewis is going out of his way to demonstrate why he got heckled by a group of protesters marching against police brutality.

In the span of two days, two African-American men were fatally shot by police officers. The African-American community is justifiably enraged by these deaths, but instead offering solutions, Lewis took to Twitter (and the podium) to wax poetic about how he thanked the officers who busted him upside the head for being black back in the 1960’s.

“The scars and stains of racism is still deeply embedded in American society,” said Rep. Lewis during an earlier press briefing. Of the police officers who arrested him for the offense of being black, he said “thank you for your service.”

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brotharoyce
brotharoyce

The Golden Rule is perfect for the times....

TinaSue
TinaSue

The younger generation has a different perspective that Ghandi's method is not the only method.  They want to "do unto others as they do unto you." 

White America has to learn how to get along with other people within America and abroad.  They must also accept the fact of the continued injustice to Black America, and the effects of Slavery on this society.  Germany dealt with what they had done to the Jews; but America wants to pretend that Slavery was no big deal and refuse to acknowledge its evil.  Pretending so will not make it go away.

  I'm so hurt seeing the murder of the two latest Black men.  It really hurts.

Johnw11
Johnw11

@TinaSue  Good point, Tina. I'm very familiar with the argument Doug makes below; Lewis is just following his civil rights orientation by "thanking" people for beating him on his head. So the story goes.  But I've studied the civil rights movement, and nowhere have I read, seen, or heard of that movement having a principle of "thanking" someone for beating them on the head.

Moreover, if Lewis delusively believes he's following civil rights movement principles by making such obviously foolish (if not psychotic) statements, then why is that the only one he's still practicing? He sold out all other principles long ago. He thrives in the hiding of his selling-out  by shrouding himself in the vapors of the civil rights movement. This charade is reinforced by the media's referring to him as an "icon." But, arguably, his being an icon is an exaggeration. His participation is not in dispute; his "icon" anointment by the media is highly disputable. This is especially true  when we consider that we tend to think of people like MLK, Malcolm X,  Muhammad Ali, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks et al. as icons. I don't believe many historians would rank Lewis with any of these names.

DougFrank1
DougFrank1

This is the hard-core /essence/ of non-violent resistance. Dr. King followed Gandhi's example in this, as did SNCC. Read up on the marches and movement in the 60's and you'll understand the mindset and the reasoning.


eggontoast
eggontoast

@DougFrank1 You're the one who needs to read up because neither Gandhi or King supported absolute non-violence. King traveled with a pack of armed guards.

RichieAllen
RichieAllen

Idiotic trolling story. Love displaying coonery that is obvious.

BlackheywoodHeywood
BlackheywoodHeywood

That's because they own his mind, once someone owns your mind they own you. In a sense he's still a slave unfortunately .

Johnw11
Johnw11

@BlackheywoodHeywood  Maybe it's the head injuries. I say that in light of my currently researching NFL concussions.

Anytime someone believes, or expects others to agree, as Lewis does, that those beating him / her against the head with blunt objects are providing a "service" is clearly psychologically impaired.

But that's what Blacks have representing them in policy making positions that determine Blacks' quality of life.