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Not To Injure or Destroy

by Abby Zimet

Citing "the genius and the elegance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s work," civil rights icon and Rep. John Lewis handed Rush Limbaugh's head back to him on a plate after the right-wing blowhard suggested that if Lewis and other civil rights activists had had guns in the 190s, they wouldn't have "needed Selma." Without actually coming out and ranting that Rush was utterly missing the point, Lewis smoothly suggested he was "glad to address this inaccuracy."

"Our goal in the Civil Rights Movement was not to injure or destroy but to build a sense of community, to reconcile people to the true oneness of all humanity.," said Rep. John Lewis. "African Americans in the 60s could have chosen to arm themselves, but we made a conscious decision not to. We were convinced that peace could not be achieved through violence. Violence begets violence, and we believed the only way to achieve peaceful ends was through peaceful means. We took a stand against an unjust system, and we decided to use this faith as our shield and the power of compassion as our defense."

Martin Luther King removes a burned cross from his lawn.

John Lewis, still fighting


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