Civil right leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., flanked by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., left, and Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., finishes an emotional plea to end the violence that has led to the slayings of police officers in Dallas last night and the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week, Friday, July 8, 2016, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Lewis and Crying Wolf on Racism

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) is a true hero of the Civil Rights Movement. He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. and was badly beaten by police. He got elected to Congress and has been the voice of conscience of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Today, calling for gun control, Congressman Lewis talked about the struggle to overcome racism in the United States. But Congressman Lewis has also used race as a political weapon to incite fear in voters. He willing participated in a radio ad in Atlanta comparing Republican governance in the 21st century to the dogs in the street during the Civil Rights era.

How can I take him now at face value that he seeks racial reconciliation when he also so willingly uses race as a weapon in politics? Listen for yourself.

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