Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So this past week was filled with news. One of them being the passing of Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Mainstream media is honoring him including celebrities, politicians and others. But this piece isn’t for the Followers. This piece is for the Ones who are absolutely REAL and will ask questions and don’t follow the status quo. This piece is for those who will call out fakery and falsehoods. This piece is for those who LOVE BLACK PEOPLE AND BLACK CULTURE in its purest and raw forms. This piece is for those who call out white Supremacy and lastly this piece is for those who call out history.
So John Lewis… Who was he really???
John Lewis was a man who was born to Parents whom were sharecroppers. He was born in Alabama during the Jim Crow era. He didn’t have much of any interaction with white people during his early childhood. At age 11 he travelled with his uncle to Buffalo NY where it made Lewis aware of how segregated his hometown in Alabama was.
He went to college and graduated with a degree in religion and Philosophy. At the age of 17 he met Rosa Parks and at 18 he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While in college he decided to get involved in the Civil Rights movement, joining the Nashville Student Movement organizing sit-ins and protest.
Lewis was arrested many times for the organization of protest. He was also beaten by police officers.
But what is seemingly odd was his philosophy on creating “Good Trouble” which meant creating necessary change. Which he adapted and held on to throughout his life.
In 1961 Lewis became apart of the freedom riders, a group of students who rode on a bus through the most segregated areas thoughout the south. The group composed of 7 blacks and 7 whites to show integration.
Lewis was also the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC). The committee was established on the bases of confronting Racism and systematic I justice and segregation. He was elected to become chairman due to his “experience” in the civil rights movement. He served in the committee until 1966. While he was apart of the committee, he wrote a speech denouncing the Civil Rights bill because it didn’t address systematic racism and injustices as well as police brutality.
He marched with Civil Rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and others, and was apart of the Historical Speech in Washington “I have a Dream”. He Marched with Dr. King in Selma, Alabama on a bridge name “Edmund Pettis Bridge” to where the March ended at Brown Chapel which was the headquarters of the civil rights movement.
Lewis political career started When former U.S president Jimmy Carter asked him to take a position in his administration as an associate director of ACTION and was responsible for running the VISTA program which address the foster grandparents program. He left the position after serving for two years. He ran in the race for congressman against Which Fowler in the Democratic primary. He lost to Fowler after securing a 29% vote. He also served as Atlanta City Council in 1981 and held the position until 1986. In 1986 he ran for Congressman of the 5th district in Georgia on the Democratic ticket against Julian Bond in which he won the primary. He was endorsed by White Liberals and White journalism companies in Atlanta. The black voters were to vote for Bond.
In November of 1986 Lewis Defeated Republican Portia Scott in an 75% to 25% margin giving the the Congressional seat in which he held for over 30 years until his recent death.
Now…During the time he served as a congressman, he didn’t fight for his district to have any economic development. Georgia’s Fifth district which is in Atlanta is me of the poorest districts in the United States. He worked for immigration and LGBT rights but didn’t advocate for black rights.
When the Mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub where the LGBT community congregated on in 2016 he gave a speech condemning the crime and show support of the LGBT community. He gave a speech about immigration children being locked up in federal detention camps showing condemnation for it.
He bragged about how he marched in Selma with Dr. King and how he was beaten by cops and gave forgiveness to the police for the crime. He tweeted about it.
He flip flopped on alot of issues including a bill he “supported” dealing with racial reconciliation in Congress. He supported the military intervention in Haiti after being against it.
When it came to black issues… As a congressman he didn’t support. He didn’t bring any economic support or prosperity to his district. Just like his co-worker Late Elijah Cummings, there were not economic prosperities bought to their districts. The used their power for CLOUT and sexual access.
When it comes to BLACK issues is something I am wholeheartedly supporting. When a legacy shows what has been done for the constituents in which is being represented, the results speak louder.
So creating “Good Trouble” doesn’t exist in my eyes when black people are still at the bottom and still being treated like crap from the American political system and criminal justice system as well.