Selma's civil rights bridge is named for a white supremacist. Changing its name isn't so simple | Collins Pettaway III

Source: The Guardian - View Original Article
Published: Jul 30, 2020
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85% Liberal


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97% "Thinking about John Lewis and his works made me think about how we live in a world driven by trending topics."
94% "Many Selma natives, including Congresswoman Terri Sewell, take pride in the fact that a bridge intended to honor a Confederate general and Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan will forever be known as a representation of voting equity, civil justice and hope."
91% "My home town changed the world and I believe we are still more than capable of doing it again."
86% "That day, which we recognize as Bloody Sunday, forever changed and shaped how the Edmund Pettus Bridge is viewed."
84% "This past weekend has inspired me, as I hope it has inspired everyone to get into some of what Lewis called good trouble, and the people of Selma should determine what that means for our bridge."
78% "I am a true proponent of honoring heroes in the proper manner."
66% "But it's important that the deciding factor ultimately be left to the local community here in Selma."
59% "With the changing of the name, what will that look like for Selma?"
57% "It is an irony that can work in our favor, and a symbol of victory over evil."
50% "I have had the privilege to travel to numerous places, and I can confidently say that there is no place like Selma."
-51% "There are economic, political and legal impacts that affect Selma's citizens that will not affect others who do not live here if we rename the bridge."
-60% "Is there an economic plan in place to ensure that Selma will thrive even after we are no longer the trending topic?"
-64% "The truth is that Selma was organizing before 1965 and continued to organize after."
-76% "Are we properly prepared for the legislative battle that will be in store with this process?"
-92% "But I believe that should we change the name now, it should not be because of the national push, but because of a genuine attempt to honor John Lewis, who was born just 86 miles away."

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97% : Thinking about John Lewis and his works made me think about how we live in a world driven by trending topics.
94% : Many Selma natives, including Congresswoman Terri Sewell, take pride in the fact that a bridge intended to honor a Confederate general and Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan will forever be known as a representation of voting equity, civil justice and hope.
91% : And it's not as simple as it may seem.
91% : My home town changed the world and I believe we are still more than capable of doing it again.
87% : Watching him cross the exact bridge where he was beaten decades ago while marching for civil rights was an emotional and full circle moment.
86% : That day, which we recognize as "Bloody Sunday", forever changed and shaped how the Edmund Pettus Bridge is viewed.
84% : However, the debate over whether or not to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named after a Confederate general and Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, in Selma, is decades in the making, as is the fight for civil rights.
84% : Even Sewell changed her stance, saying that this moment - spurred by recent protests - meant challenging some of those beliefs.
84% : This past weekend has inspired me, as I hope it has inspired everyone to get into some of what Lewis called "good trouble", and the people of Selma should determine what that means for our bridge.
83% : Selma has always been considered the beating heart of the voting rights movement, because of the historic march to Montgomery.
83% : It is absolutely crucial that the opinions of our people are not forgotten and there is work actively being done to ensure that will happen.
78% : However, many of these commitments never see the light of day, and those who fought for the country's voting rights are left behind and out of the debate altogether.
78% : I am a true proponent of honoring heroes in the proper manner.
77% : Every hour of every day is controlled by a new conversation started by either a viral tweet, a lone interview or an online video, such as those of protesters felling Confederate statues this year amid an uprising against police brutality.
72% : When it comes to renaming the bridge in his honor, I believe you cannot necessarily limit just one honor to the works that John Lewis has done for the advancement for not just Black Americans, but for every American.
72% : Renaming the bridge, then, would not only honor Lewis but serve as a model for how we educate students about the civil rights movement.
66% : There have been numerous petitions and calls made by notable people such as Ava DuVernay and Tyrese Gibson for years to bring Pettus's name down.
66% : But it's important that the deciding factor ultimately be left to the local community here in Selma.
65% : So it is no surprise that there is opposition to the growing calls to change its name.
59% : With the changing of the name, what will that look like for Selma?
57% : It is an irony that can work in our favor, and a symbol of victory over evil.
56% : Over the years, we have seen sitting presidents and other leaders come to Selma once a year to commemorate the Bloody Sunday march, while making commitments to work with Selma to ensure its legacy is preserved and protected.
52% : This past Sunday, I was privileged to attend the final crossing of the late congressman John Lewis over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in my hometown of Selma, Alabama.
50% : Additionally, many of our foot soldiers, those who participated in the original marches, and surviving members of the movement feel as if they have been forgotten in this debate.
50% : I have had the privilege to travel to numerous places, and I can confidently say that there is no place like Selma.
49% : During the first attempt on 7 March 1965, marchers led by Lewis, the late Dr Frederick D Reese, the late Hosea Williams and others were met on the other side of that bridge by state troopers on horses, and billy clubs.
49% : There are economic, political and legal impacts that affect Selma's citizens that will not affect others who do not live here if we rename the bridge.
47% : For many of my neighbors, the Edmund Pettus Bridge is not and will never be a symbol of Edmund Pettus himself, but of the events that transpired there.
43% : And with recent events there is more pressure on Selma than ever to take down statues of Confederate generals and even state flags with Confederate symbols.
41% : In the aftermath, the nation watched in horror as the troopers forcibly drove the marchers back to Brown Chapel AME church, leaving a trail of blood and injury in its wake.
40% : Is there an economic plan in place to ensure that Selma will thrive even after we are no longer the trending topic?
36% : Our schools now only teach bits and pieces of a story that should be rendered in its entirety.
36% : The truth is that Selma was organizing before 1965 and continued to organize after.
24% : Are we properly prepared for the legislative battle that will be in store with this process?
8% : But I believe that should we change the name now, it should not be because of the national push, but because of a genuine attempt to honor John Lewis, who was born just 86 miles away.

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