On July 17, the nation lost a giant who stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Rep. John Lewis risked his life to ensure basic rights for all Americans. He was known as the “Conscience of Congress.” I knew him as a respected colleague.
And while he has left us, his work to form a more perfect union remains in our hands.
Start with the brutal killing of George Floyd, the latest example of police overreaction in our urban communities. From Eric Garner to Breonna Taylor, the list of unarmed black citizens being met by deadly force has grown too long. Even Attorney General William Barr has admitted it.
One person who is not convinced is President Donald Trump.
When asked by a reporter why so many African Americans are dying from police interactions, he took offense: “What a terrible question to ask.” He added that “more white people” are killed