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Sunday, June 07, 2015

I like her thinking

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was the scene of a racist beating by white law enforcement officers of of civil rights protesters, mainly black, 50 years ago, Alabamans are embarrassed because the bridge was named for a klansman -- just as everything in West Virginia is named for Robert C. Byrd.

Democratic Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, who represents Selma, said let's not whitewash history. Keep the name.

Via Roll Call, her statement: “I am strongly opposed to changing the name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The historical irony is an integral part of the complicated history of Selma — a city known for its pivotal role in Civil War and the civil rights movement. The bridge is an iconic symbol of the struggle for voting rights in America, and its name is as significant as its imposing structure. Changing the name of the bridge would change the course of history and compromise the historical integrity of the voting rights movement. As inheritors of the legacy surrounding the historical events that took place in Selma, we must safeguard that history — good and bad and resist attempts to rewrite it.”

Yep. It is what it is. Let us quit glossing over our past. let us learn from it.


  1. They could always add a plaque to commemorate the bridge's place in history. Long after most people forget who Pettus was, the plaque would be a reminder of how the struggle for the civil rights was won.

  2. I can only contribute this: Rainbows and skittles-farting unicorns stand out much more starkly against a white-washed background than against the camouflaged backdrop of history.

  3. Scrubbing history lets later generations ignore what happened. Also, the current generation. "We were ALWAYS at peace with East Asia."