Seeking Forgiveness for His Racism {UpDated with 2nd Video}

(8 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

“The evil of bigotry gives way to the power of redemption!”

Man Asks Entire Town for Forgiveness for Racism

2.06.09: 48 Years Ago, He Attacked Future Rep. John Lewis; Now the Two Hug

Elwin Wilson and John Lewis

Nearly half a century ago, in a very different America, Elwin Wilson and John Lewis met under a veil of violence and race-inspired hate. The men had not seen each other again until Tuesday when, with “Good Morning America’s” help, Wilson approached Lewis again — this time offering an apology and a chance to relieve a burden he’d carried for more than four decades.

He was asked a question by a friend, his answer wasn’t what it should have been, and he knew that.

Wilson, a young, white, Southern man, attacked Lewis, a freedom rider for Martin Luther King, in the “white” waiting room of a South Carolina bus station.

Nearly half a century ago, in a very different America, Elwin Wilson and John Lewis met under a veil of violence and race-inspired hate.

Wilson was in the group, but said he “did more than help.” He said he was the main attacker.

The outburst, Wilson said, was just part of a life of hate he led for years.

“I had a black baby doll in this house, and I had a little rope, and I tied it to a limb and let it hang here,” he said.

In a diner, with a look of glee on his face, he threw eggs at black men who tried to enter.

He watched as Barack Obama was sworn in as President, he didn’t vote for Barack but he’s prayed for him.

Wilson has been on his own freedom march in search of forgiveness.

He went back to the diner where he threw eggs. He went all around town, apologizing to anyone he may have wronged.

 

One of those was Representative Lewis and Mr. Wilson sought him out in Washington DC seeking his forgiveness, he found what he sought and certainly much more!

2.07.09 CNN News Video Report:

“The evil of bigotry gives way to the power of redemption!”

Ex-Klansman: ‘I’m sorry’

Former Klansman Elwin Wilson apologizes to the “whole world” for beating Rep. John Lewis long ago.

3 comments

    • jimstaro on February 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm
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    The Bigotry and Racism was extreme back than, and we’ve seen it rising these last eight years!

    I saw it first hand, though it existed in the North it wasn’t as pronounced as in the South.

    Coming out of the Naval bootcamp my first base was the Naval Air Station, Meridian Miss, the same airbase the field is named after John McCains father.

    Off the base it was very much alive, and when I arrived it was at the start of the trial for the KKK members who had killed the three civil rights workers from the North, the movie “Mississippi Burning” is about.

    I was sill there when King was shot and killed!

    • kj on February 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

    is what i’m talkin’ about.  

    thank you so much for bringing this story to us, Jim.

    • mishima on February 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

     Especially in a case such as this.

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