As noted civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took the stage at the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington, Rush Limbaugh claimed that "the real victims of racism" aren't on stage today.
On his radio show, Limbaugh suggested that black conservatives had faced more racism than speakers at the anniversary such as President Obama. Limbaugh concluded that "real victims of racism are not on this stage." Limbaugh's comments came approximately five minutes before Lewis began to address the march:
Rep. Lewis was the youngest keynote speaker at the original March on Washington in 1963. As the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1965 Lewis helped lead the March from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. In an incident known as Bloody Sunday, the activists were met by armed officers as they left the town of Selma and attacked:
Government archives detail the demonstration in which Lewis suffered a fractured skull:
In 1965, at the height of the modern civil rights movement, activists organized a march for voting rights, from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, the state capital. On March 7, some 600 people assembled at a downtown church, knelt briefly in prayer, and began walking silently, two-by-two through the city streets.
One minute and five seconds after a two-minute warning was announced, the troops advanced, wielding clubs, bullwhips, and tear gas. John Lewis, who suffered a skull fracture, was one of fifty-eight people treated for injuries at the local hospital. The day is remembered in history as "Bloody Sunday."