It wasn't that long ago that our nation was occupied by the detr Navy honors civil rights martyr Medgar Evers - Yahoo! News "JACKSON, Miss. â€“ The widow of slain civil-rights pioneer Medgar Evers fought tears Friday as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, announced he's naming a new Navy supply ship for Evers' late husband. "'I think of those who will serve on this ship and those who will see it in different parts of the world. And perhaps they, too, will come to know who Medgar Evers was and what he stood for,' Myrlie Evers-Williams said at Jackson State University, where Mabus made the announcement." Compare that to the blatantly racist Reagan era: Reagan's Race Legacy (washingtonpost.com) "Philadelphia, county seat of Mississippi's Neshoba County, is famous for a couple of things. That is where three civil rights workers -- Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman -- were murdered in 1964. And that is where, in 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan chose to launch his election campaign, with a ringing endorsement of 'states' rights.'" ("States rights" at that time was a code word for pre-civil rights era because Kennedy, LBJ, the Congress, and Supreme Court ended legalized racism in the South.) Philadelphia, MS? That's where these famous murders took place: Mississippi civil rights workers murders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "The Mississippi civil rights workers murders involved the 1964 slayings of three political activists during the American Civil Rights Movement. "The murders of James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Meridian, Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old white Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old white Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, symbolized the risks of participating in the Civil Rights Movement in the South during what became known as "Freedom Summer", dedicated to voter registration." While it's obvious that many Republicans still don't get it, the fact is we have entered a new period of enlightenment. As Bob Dylan said, "he who's not busy being born is busy dying," and so it is for much of the Republican Party.