*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.)