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Obama: Bull Connor May Be Gone, But We Witness Police Officers Kneeling On The Necks Of Black Americans

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Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Congressman John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday. The former president warned people in power "are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting."

"Bull Connor may be gone. But today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone. But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators," Obama said.

"We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar in order to cast a ballot," said the former president. "But even as we sit here, there are those in power are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting – by closing polling locations, and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the runup to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don’t get sick."


"Now, I know this is a celebration of John’s life," Obama conceded. "There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best in America that we are seeing circulate right now."

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