Disrespect in death: Rep. Elijah Cummings confused with Rep. John Lewis

Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Lewis (Photo: Twitter – @RepCummings)

Right on cue, infuriatingly and disrespectfully, some Americans are confusing the late legendary Congressman Elijah Cummings with the venerated Georgia Rep. John Lewis.

That’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 “reputable� news outlet that makes a habit of confusing prominent Blacks.

“A few moments ago we had a technical snafu,� Fox News co-anchor Eric Shawn said. “We 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.�

This happened despite Lewis’ nameplate positioned right in front of him.

This is not a first for Fox News. In August 2018, during an “America’s Newsroom� segment about the late R&B legend Aretha Franklin, they mistakenly aired a photo singer Patti LaBelle. And, in March, “The Five� co-host Jesse Watters mistook CBS anchor Gayle King for ABC’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:

Terry Shropshire

Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I’ve written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I’m a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks