With fallen Civil Rights icon John Lewis coming back to Alabama for the final time this past weekend, for a few hours the world was focused on Selma and Montgomery.
Turns out that Saturday freshman Republican house member Will Dismukes was also in Selma. However, he was there to join others in a celebration for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who happens to be given credit for starting the Ku Klux Klan. The irony of these two events occurring the same day in Selma is inescapable. Unless you are Will Dismukes, who went on Facebook and told the world where he was and what he was doing.
Reaction was swift and predictable. Democratic state party chair Chris England, who serves with Dismukes in the house, was concerned that he put his core values on public display. On the other side of the aisle, Republican house member Danny Garrett said, “I cannot fathom why anyone in 2020 celebrates the birthday of the first KKK Grand Wizard, especially while the body of John Lewis is lying in state.”
And then Dismukes told WSFA TV in Montgomery that he was surprised by the criticism he received.
Dismukes said, We live in a time where we literally are going through “cancel culture” from all different areas and people are even more sensitive on different issues and different subjects. This was just one of those times it didn’t quite go the way I expected.”
And we are left to wonder just what the heck was he expecting?