Selma, Alabama is one of the high holy places of the Civil Rights Movement. The 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, or what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” is supposed to be such an earth-shaking event in the liberation of black people that US Presidents fly in, link arms with black worthies and white wannabes, and walk across the bridge.
Here’s Joe Biden performing the obligatory ceremony this year, along with that champion of equal rights, Al Sharpton. Al is holding hands with Jesse Jackson in a wheelchair. [Video]
Mr. Biden gave a pep talk. “We should learn everything. . . . Everyone should know the truth of Selma.” I agree.
The truth of Selma is that it is an appalling dump.
“Historic Selma” became “historic” only as part of the movement for black voting rights.