by Aram Goudsouzian for Chapter16.org
Imagine a punch to your face.
Imagine that it is 1965, and you have led a march from Brown Chapel to the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama, with the intention of registering 40 African Americans to vote. Imagine that you are met by Sheriff Jim Clark, a notoriously violent enforcer of the white supremacist order. He denies you entry. You challenge his principles. He clubs with you his meaty left fist, and you tumble down the courthouse s...