Friday, August 12, 2022

The John Lewis Bridge?: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell’s Compelling Case for Name Change of Edmund Pettus Bridge (Watch)

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*In the wake of the recent Selma celebrations, a lot of people are coming to consciousness of the iconic bridge that was the scene of the “Bloody Sunday” beatings of Congressman John Lewis and other civil rights heroes 50 years ago. We are of course referring to the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge.

You see, Puttus served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War, during which he was captured three times. After the war he was a Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan and a U.S. Senator, according to Wikipedia.

With that in mind, MSNBC‘s Lawrence O’Donnell says it’s time to change that name. Who should it be named after instead? Well, our headline already told you that. But check out O’Donnell’s moving history lesson in the “Rewrite”:

(If the above video doesn’t play properly, watch it at MSNBC.)

 

The John Lewis Bridge : MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Makes Compelling Case for Name Change of Edmund Pettus Bridge (Watch)

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  1. It was reported that many in the African-American community of Selma did not want a name change. They wanted the world to NEVER forget the history of Edmund Pettus and his racism and how far we’ve come as a people and how much farther that we have to go. This is a tough call because I’d love to see John Lewis’s name up there. Tea-party ‘black’ republican senator Tim Scott R/SC would probably object. He’s too busy filling his cup of tea at that party. SMH, Fanteeking

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