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Federal brokers dispersing protesters in Portland on Saturday.
Easy methods to honor a civil rights icon — and the way to not.
When expressing your admiration for a departed civil rights hero, there’s at all times the temptation to wax poetic, to ponder the better beliefs of our society and the function of wrestle within the combat for human equality.
However earlier than you get to all that, simply ensure you’re speaking about the appropriate man.
John Lewis, who died on Friday at 80, co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington before eventually living out the promise in his own activism by becoming a member of Congress for over 30 years. He was among the most widely revered figures on Capitol Hill, referred to as “the conscience of the Congress,” and his death drew tributes and eulogies from all corners.
Trump put out a restrained — if slightly grammatically challenged — statement on Saturday, tweeting: “Saddened to listen to the information of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I ship our prayers to he and his household.”
Nevertheless it’s most likely higher to be perfunctory than to be flat-out improper — as two G.O.P. senators came upon the exhausting manner on Saturday. In separate social media posts, Marco Rubio of Florida and Dan Sullivan of Alaska put up elegantly worded tributes to Lewis’s virtuous life and work. Both were accompanied by pictures of themselves, not alongside Lewis but with Elijah Cummings, another long-serving Black member of the House, who died last year.
In his Facebook post, Sullivan wrote: “It was an honor to have served alongside John for a small portion of his impressive career of service, and to have joined him at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.” Sullivan’s staff later removed both the photo, which showed him and Cummings standing in front of the museum, and the reference to his and Lewis’s being there together.
Rubio took down his offending tweet and replaced it with another acknowledging the mistake, this time featuring a photo with Lewis.
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