Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis (Photo: Twitter â€“ @RepCummings)
Thatâ€™s why Lewis was trending No. 1 on Twitter Thursday morning, Oct. 17, 2019, instead of Cummings.
Cummings, D-Maryland, suddenly passed away Thursday at age 68 from an undisclosed illness at Johns Hopkins University. But some are already mistaking him for civil rights hero-turned-Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, who is 79.
It happened just a few months ago on Fox News, the same â€œreputableâ€� news outlet that makes a habit of confusing prominent Blacks.
â€œA few moments ago we had a technical snafu,â€� Fox News co-anchor Eric Shawn said. â€œWe aired a clip of John Lewis of Georgia and mistakenly labeled him as Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. Of course, we regret that error and apologize.â€�
This happened despite Lewisâ€™ nameplate positioned right in front of him.
This is not a first for Fox News. In August 2018, during an â€œAmericaâ€™s Newsroomâ€� segment about the late R&B legend Aretha Franklin, they mistakenly aired a photo singer Patti LaBelle. And, in March, â€œThe Fiveâ€� co-host Jesse Watters mistook CBS anchor Gayle King for ABCâ€™s Robin Roberts.
Black and White social media users are hyper-vigilant to dispel any confusion about the recently deceased Cummings. They have issued admonishments against some fellow Americans who have already misidentified Cummings and Lewis:
that this is being said means its happening, which boggles the mind. Here they are side by side. TBF they are both bald and prone to wearing suits apparentlyâ€¦ but to confuse one with the other? o.O pic.twitter.com/zByXWPvZRf
â€” Nathan ðŸŒ² (@6c696265727479) October 17, 2019
Why is John Lewis trending?
Because white people suck.
I am white and I know who @RepCummings is.
RIP to a Maryland hero. ðŸ™�
â€” RH317 (@raech317) October 17, 2019
Right? I saw John Lewis trending and thought, Oh no, a tragedy? A tribute to Elijah?
No, just this pic.twitter.com/svBl3PIPol
â€” âš•Caroline ðŸš«NRAðŸ’²ðŸ”«â˜ (@SwtCaroline2213) October 17, 2019
BRB unfollowing everyone (white) who thinks Representative Elijah Cummings is the same Black man as Representative John Lewis
â€” Andie the Obamanista (@TheObamanista) October 17, 2019
I’ve already seen people post John Lewis instead of Elijah Cummingsâ€“particularly the old Civil Rights photos. Please don’t do this today.
â€” Gennette Cordova (@GNCordova) October 17, 2019
I do not have the patience for people who confuse Elijah Cummings and John Lewis today.
â€” brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) October 17, 2019
Yes. They look a lot a like. pic.twitter.com/OWW12RmrxQ
â€” Nico Lazano (@lazano_nico) October 17, 2019