Topic: "Burn Baby, Burn" (3)
One of Frodo's favorite movies was the Dustin Hoffman film, "Little Big Man." In that movie, Chief Dan George introduced the Cheyenne saying "Today is a good day to die," to American audiences. Frodo was reminded of that phrase today when he took note of the passing of an individual who leaves Middle Earth a better place because he is no longer present on its' surface. Today was, indeed, a good day, as would any day have been, for former Sheriff Jim Clark to die.
In March of 1965 Dallas County Sheriff Clark and his deputies savagely attacked marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, just outside Montgomery, Alabama. One of Frodo's true heroes, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) was among those ravaged by the hatemongers, and Congressman Lewis barely survived the beating he received. The Non-Violent protestors won the attention and the sympathy of rational human beings around the world. Sheriff Clark later claimed that the marchers weren't beaten that "Bloody Sunday," "They fell down all at once in one big swoop," he said.
Jim Clark, 84, wore a "Never" button on his sheriff's uniform to show his opposition to black voter registration. He was voted out of office in 1966. After he lost his re-election bid, he sold mobile homes until 1978 when he went to federal prison for conspiring to import marijuana. He served nine months.
Please note, dear reader, that Frodo never used the title "Mister" in reference to Jim Clark. In those days, and in many places like it, calling a black man "Mister" would get a Hobbit's butt kicked.
Turnabout is fair play. It will be a good day not to die tomorrow, knowing that one more piece of crap burns in Hell.