RIP John Lewis

John Lewis has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

His later support for the Clintons and the Democratic Party establishment was disappointing, but there’s no question that he was one of the most important leaders against the totalitarian one-party, segregationist state that existed in the South until 1964, the year before I was born.

Whenever you hear a “conservative” talk about the evils of “big government,” it’s important to keep in mind the most repressive social order in American history was implemented, not by the federal government, but by state and local governments in the Jim Crow South.

Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Loving vs. Virginia in 1967, “government” in the Southern states could tell you who you could marry, who you could socialize with, where you could go to the bathroom, where you could live, and where you could go to school. It was totalitarianism on a massive scale administered, not by SS Gauleiters or Soviet Commissars, but by uneducated hick politicians and pot-bellied local sheriffs. It lasted from the disputed election of 1876 almost into my lifetime. It was as bad as anything in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa, and John Lewis risked his life multiple times in an ultimately successful effort to bring it down. In many ways, as evidenced by the election of Donald Trump, the evil spirit of segregation and white supremacy haunts us to this day.

4 comments

  1. John Thurloe · · Reply

    Lewis has long been a poster boy for white liberals. He attended some protests in the ’60s and was dubbed “I’m not Malcolm X!” Surely. After this time, what else did Lewis do? Answer. Nothing. He turned enabler for the Clinton/Obama program of militarized police, austerity for the poor, deindustrialization, the rise of the Wall St. elites and endless foreign wars. All of which led directly to the BLM situation of today.

  2. John Thurloe · · Reply

    The Cato Institute. Not sure that’s an accolade. Still, for a libertarian… This picture pretty much lists all of Lewis’ great accomplishments for the downtrodden post-1960s.

    1. Libertarians don’t tend to criticize local government as harshly as they do the federal government. Yet it was the federal government that ended slavery in the 1860s and Jim Crow in the 1960s.

      As for John Lewis I didn’t think about this, probably because news of Palestine is pretty much blacked out in the USA. But Lewis was a supporter of Israeli apartheid.

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