The look they gave us! Not love.

Robert Falcon Birmingham, AL Grew up in Birmingham in the 1960’s. My father never gave me cause to judge anyone else because of skin color. He always emphasized that it was the content of their character that really mattered. When I turned 16 one of my good friends introduced me to his family, his neighborhood, […]

Racial divisions are America’s Achilles heel.

Shirley Hicks, Birmingham, AL. When I came to the United States four years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the racial divides. At home, it’s language and class. Here, it’s race, class and access to power. Here in the South, it’s been especially important to know and understand that history in order […]

I trusted adults that taught hate.

Stan Pitts Anchorage, AK I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and was 10 years old during the fateful year 1963. My father was a Birmingham Police officer terribly conflicted between upholding the law and the treatment of the civil rights participants. My trusted adults and role models, the church leaders, scout masters, and teachers, taught […]

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I hate hearing “The neighborhood changed.”

Glenny Brock , Birmingham, Al. Submitted via Twitter: @glennybrock   Always code. In fact, most of the people I’ve heard say this were people who themselves CHANGED neighborhoods by leaving.     Glenny’s 6Word essay launched an interesting exchange via Twitter, follow along below…How do you weigh in on the topic?  Comment below. I hate […]

Slavery, stolen opportunities. Abolition, broken promises.

Delphine Fenderson Birmingham, AL So much was taken from my people during slavery. We are the only Americans that worked and built this country and got nothing in return. It continued with Jim Crow, share cropping, low minimum wages, stereotypes, having to fight for basic human rights. In order to maintain this status quo this […]

Thank God for Bull Connor’s actions.

Kelly Ft. Myers, FL Bull Connor’s actions in Birmingham in 1963 presented virulent white southern racism to our nation and to the entire world. Rather than describe his actions, you may see them firsthand on YouTube: http://youtu.be/j9kT1yO4MGg

Me, white child on Black bus.

Rebekah Porter Birmingham, Al I was an 8 year old white child in the Fall of 1972. In August of that year was the first time I set foot in Alabama, in a small town, home to a white writer who had had cross burned in his front yard. I didn’t know that famous author’s […]

Justice for all, tempered by mercy.

John Birmingham, AL Until race is not an issue we will never have Justice. Fear keeps us apart. We make the fear by noticing the differences and not similarities. We can only expect Justice when we see only wrongs to be made right, not the color of the perpetrator or the victim..

It sucks being black in America

Charles Long Birmingham, AL Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation I am a 52 year old white man from Birmingham, Al. I had the opportunity to meet Michele at the 16th Street Baptist Church when she was promoting her book “The Grace of Silence”. The more I learn about life in America for African […]

A cancer being treated with aspirin.

Marie Sutton Birmingham,AL The effects of racism are deep — reaching down into the marrow and the soul of this country. We have yet to find a way to effectively treat it. In the meantime, the cancer grows and spreads and reveals itself in many ways like flawed immigration reform, the shooting of Trayvon Martin, […]