Here is what I learned by watching the speeches in Selma this weekend: Nothing shows reverence for events and those that lived them like lying and ignorance.
Listen to the words and watch the issues.
“It was crazy,” said Arthur Oscar Jones, who said he was present on the bridge in 1965 and had been beaten by state troopers. “Most of these people have no idea why they’re marching. They’re here to have a celebration.”
That feeling was fairly evident, as was the fact that the event had been co-opted for a variety of causes — from the “Black Lives Matter” movement to “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” protesters to gay marriage supporters to immigration supporters to those who went with the buffet approach.
Terry Wright, from Birmingham, was part of the last group. Among the seven signs she carried and attempted to display simultaneously were complaints about high interest rates on payday loans, police brutality, the grocery tax and voter ID laws. Wright also repeated her protests again and again to the marchers walking by, many of whom shared their causes with her.
This was a lie that started the day Mike Brown got himself killed but that doesn’t matter.
Instead, the Department of Justice found that is – quote, ‘inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence;’ and in some cases, ‘witnesses have acknowledged their initial accounts were untrue;’ or witness accounts were not credible – including the witness closest to Brown when it happened – Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, whose words helped spark the mantra.
Again, this is a lie.
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL (from press conference): Now, I recognize that the – the findings in our report may leave some to wonder how the department’s findings can – can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely-reported accounts of what transpired. America’s justice system has always rested on its ability to deliver impartial results in precisely these types of difficult circumstances.
Tony Robinson’s story is heading down the exact same path.
Right now, in 2015, fifty years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote. As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act, the culmination of so much blood and sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence, stands weakened, its future subject to partisan rancor.
Voter ID laws are hated by the media, race pimps and Democrats (but I repeat myself) because asking someone to show an ID is apparently a bridge to far and akin to Jim Crow.
Garbage, here is what Jim Crow was about….
Dr. Sonnie Hereford, who treated the wounded during the march, says he faced several problems trying to register to vote because no one told them where to go and register.
He also said blacks couldn’t register unless they had someone with them who was already a registered voter.
“[I] had to pay to take an oral test and a written test and then interpret the Constitution of the United States to the satisfaction of the examiner. Then after I had done all that and passed that, then I had to go to the courthouse and pay a poll tax.”
Dr. Hereford says he was finally allowed to vote during the 1956 elections.
Here are some Voter ID facts…
Most Americans support…
The 70 percent who support voter ID laws remains largely unchanged in the past few years. Another 27 percent believe the laws are unnecessary.
Hell, even most blacks support…
Fifty-five percent of Democrats support the laws, while 43 percent oppose them.
Opposition to the laws is highest among black respondents, but even there a bare majority, 51 percent, support them. Forty-six percent of African Americans oppose the laws.
In Alabama, this is not a REAL issue…
Pildes said that wasn’t necessarily true. He said the Justice Department had approved new districts with reduced minority populations when the new plan didn’t reduce the ability of minority groups to elect candidates of their choice. “Black turnout and black registration rates in Alabama now routinely equal or even exceed white registration and white turnout rates,” Pildes said.
Most telling about that last section is the fact that the quote is part of the Supreme Court argument that overturned the unConstitutional pre-clearance section of the Voting Rights Act
If Obama wanted to make a positive impact on the black community, he could have easily focused on that but he would rather keep the myth that modern America is as racist as Selma was 50 years ago.