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N.C. Congressman Explains Sit-Ins to Civil Rights Legend Who Has Been Beaten for Organizing Sit-Ins

Posted by on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 5:51 PM

You may or may not have heard, but the House Democratic caucus (and several Democratic Senators), led by U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia), are staging a sit-in today on the floor of the House to force a vote on the gun control measures rejected by the Senate.

Republicans have been completely embarrassed by this all day. Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the plug on the House's TV cameras, cutting off access to C-SPAN for Americans to see the protest as it unfolded. (C-SPAN is currently streaming a Periscope video of the House floor from California Congressman Scott Peters, in lieu of having access to the materials to do a proper broadcast.)

Ryan wasn't the only one to be completely stupefied by how to deal with the House Democrats standing up to the Republicans, however. One of the absolute dumbest responses came from one of North Carolina's own. 

Quoting a tweet from libertarian Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who cited the very valid concern of how the terrorist watch list ban could affect due process for some Americans, many of whom have no known terror affiliation, U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-Greensboro) let this whopper drop:

Again, slower: this sit-in was organized by John Lewis. The same John Lewis who was beaten mercilessly for civil rights. The same John Lewis who sat at the Woolworth's lunch counter. The same John Lewis who is the only remaining member of the "Big Six" of the civil rights movement who is still alive. 

This is a picture of Lewis being beaten by Alabama state troopers on the march from Montgomery to Selma in 1965, four years before Mark Walker was born. 

click image John Lewis (in the foreground) being beaten by state troopers, March 7, 1965 - THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES / AP
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  • John Lewis (in the foreground) being beaten by state troopers, March 7, 1965

Here's a picture of John Lewis, bloodied by Montgomery segregationists in 1961 when he was just twenty-one years old. 
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Walker, on the other hand, couldn't even deal with Bruce Springsteen canceling a concert over HB 2 without calling him a "bully," after the North Carolina General Assembly attempted to force the state's transgender citizens, including kids in high school, into hiding their gender identity. Wonder which side of the civil rights debate Walker would have been on had he been born about fifty years earlier.

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