Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry was quoted today, “…comparing the Civil Rights Movement to the GOP’s Fight for Lower Corporate Taxes”. To be frank, Governor Perry doesn’t know shit about the civil rights movement!
In 1949, after several black men were killed by police and white residents; and some black women were raped in Montgomery, Alabama; the Rev. Vernon Johns (shown above) posted on the bulletin board his sermon topic for Sunday, “IT IS SAFE TO KILL NEGROES IN MONTGOMERY.”
Montgomery newspapers reported that Johns was going to preach this particular sermon that Sunday morning and the white community was up in arms. Vernon Johns was considered one of those “Crazy Niggers”, who the white folks didn’t mess with. On Saturday night, a cross was burned at the front of the church and “racist terrorists” cracked the glass on the church bulletin.
The actions didn’t deter Vernon Johns.
On the day of the sermon, Johns opened all the church windows so that people could hear if they were standing outside. Rev. Johns was very outspoken in his speech, so forthright in his sermon that it terrified many in the congregation.
Among the comments he made his sermon, Vernon Johns said, “LAST WEEK, A WHITE MAN WAS FINED FOR SHOOTING A RABBIT OUT OF SEASON. A RABBIT IS BETTER OFF THAN A NEGRO BECAUSE IN ALABAMA, NIGGERS ARE ALWAYS IN SEASON. I’LL TELL YOU WHY IT’S SAFE TO MURDER NEGROES. BECAUSE NEGROES STAND BY AND LET IT HAPPEN. YOU SIT HERE SUNDAY MORNING AND SING HYMNS WHILE YOU KNOW THAT EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT YOUR BROTHERS BEEN SHOT DOWN IN THE STREETS AND YOU KNOW NOTHING – EXCEPT FEAR.”
Many of the congregation left the church frightened, however Rev. Johns sermon sparked some congregation members for change. The civil rights movement would begin with the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, spearheaded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is no comparing the civil rights movement to fighting for lower corporate taxes. No one can compare getting a company’s taxes raised to an innocent bystander killed simply because he/she was black. Governor Perry’s analogy is disgusting, vile and smells like raw sewage.
It shows just what the Tea Party movement stands for, ‘sheer ignorance’.