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Haters, old and new.

January 12, 2017

The original civil rights combatants are getting old, but they will not be gone before they have passed on their fear, loathing and yes, hate to succeeding generations.

That has seldom been more evident than during the confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions.

While the media is all agog over the novelty of Cory Booker(D-NJ)  testifying against Senator Sessions (R-AL), the more striking picture was the way his attack mirrored that of the much older Rep. John Lewis (D-GA.)

Cory Booker was obviously giving his opening audition for the next presidential campaign, much as did Marco Rubio during the Rex Tillerson hearing.

Rep. Lewis was simply making sure he took advantage of a national audience to keep preaching his message of undying animosity for all things Southern and white.

To be fair, although his focus has narrowed to the point that he can’t remember any of the good, Rep. Lewis was young during a time and in a place when being poor and black was hazardous to your health.

Selma really happened, and Dr. King really was shot by a white man, and all that other bad stuff happened.  Those of us of Rep. Lewis’ generation can attest to that.

But the thing is, the Lewises and Jacksons and Sharptons never moved on from that era.

Perhaps their identities and self-worth are so wrapped up in who they were then that they became stuck there. That’s terribly sad, but at least it’s understandable. It’s like a form of PTSD.  And truth be told, there are surely as many old white bigots as there are old black bigots.

But passing that hate on to all the succeeding generations of both races is beyond sad.

It is inexcusable.

From → op-ed

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