There are a lot of reasons to send Georgia Congressman John Lewis a thank-you note, not least his enduring insistence that we all own our choices. John Lewis demands that we acknowledge our complicity in wrong-doing when we fail to stand up for what's right. There is no apolitical.
In a March 30th interview with TIM, he called us again to own where we stand: "We used to sing an old labor song on the buses during the Freedom Rides. We would sing, "Which side are you on, boys? Which side are you on?" I think history is saying to us today, not just in America but around the world, Which side are we on? Are we going to be on the right side or the wrong side? Are you going to stand up for those who have been left out and left behind? Or are you going to give billions of dollars of tax breaks to the top and forget about the people at the bottom?"
So today, send John Lewis a thank-you note for holding not just people in power but all of us to account for our choices.
Congressman John Lewis
100 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303