The US Navy is now building a new line of replenishment ships.
The first in class is the USNS John Lewis. The remaining ones also will be named after civil rights leaders.
Okay, they’re replenishment ships, not ballistic missile submarines, but really? If the military has to honor civil rights leaders, build a JAG corps office of racial justice or an HR building and name those after civil rights leaders. But I maintain that other branches of the government should be honoring Lewis and other civil rights leaders. Let the Interior department name things after him. And HUD. And HHS. Let State honor him, and Tillie Black Bear and Chief Joseph, too. Let Social Security honor Nellie Bly. But the military? GTFO.
These ships will literally be providing fuel for dropping bombs on brown people the world over, and if we take that even slightly metaphorically the message is obscene. Of course this will only get worse as future civil rights leaders’ names are coopted for this endeavor.
in life John Lewis fueled efforts at peace.
In death he will now fuel efforts at war.
Really seems like the US government isn’t honoring Lewis’ message so much as announcing that it hasn’t gotten the message.