While everybody else is going to Charleston,SC, I went to Birmingham. Just returned, a lot of lessons learned and I'm happy to share.
What is there about Birmingham, Alabama the world needs to know? Is it any different from anywhere else in America? Why is it so about civil rights? Why do so many say, "I don't know and keep on going"? Is Birmingham prospering like other metropolitan areas, its size? What makes Birmingham any different from places like Charleston?
September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls and 2015, 52 years later a very similar incident happened in Charleston, SC, Lesson Learned: Nothing has changed. Then, the excuse was racially motivated and committed by fellow Americans dressed in sheets.
Charleston was racially motivated and supposedly committed by "Russian American", either way, American for Americans. Both were murders of innocent people, while attending church.
Of all places to murder people, even the Army trains you not to shoot people in churches, hospitals... Cowards, do you know the definition of a coward? Non-violence and cowardice are contradictory terms. Non-violence is the greatest virtue, cowardice the greatest vice. Non-violence springs from love, cowardice from hate. Non-violence always suffers, cowardice would always inflict suffering. Perfect non-violence is the highest bravery. Non-violent conduct is never demoralising, cowardice always is.
With the likes of all those strong civil rights leaders coming out of Birmingham, what's happening to the energy of the people today? It wasn't an energy drain, it was a slap in the face.
Does being forgiving and open hearted make you vulnerable to the devil, and an easy target. Is it, the more Christian we become the more hatred instilled.
We come together in a mixed company, but when it is just us, we constantly destroy one another. I see Birmingham as a mirror, a measuring stick. Nobody likes to talk about family but how else do we learn and Birmingham is family.
You glad to see them come and you glad to see'm go. Is that what "overcoming" looks like? They always seem to be doing something criminal. Depressing, depressing, What do you have to share? If any one is as grateful for the civil rights movement as Birmingham claims to be, don't you think they'd have something to share? This proves they have even less progress, the economic and social gap has gotten even wider, instead of narrowing and coming more together. This is just the opposite desired result. Where ever you live depends on the skill and determination of your parents.
Misplaced priorities, so of that money would have been better spent in uplifting more people out of poverty. The problem is not solved when the masses are still suffering. Things like parks, museums and statues are just pacifiers causing the masses to think you're still concerned.
We more enslaved today than yesterday and it's nothing to do with racism, but economic and social poverty. Instead of proper education, those with money and power enslave those without. Money and power has become a new means of shackling, enslaving. It's how you use it.
Economically and Socially, the number one focus is on profit over quality care, just like any other money hole in America. Again, just the opposite result for what we were fighting.
This man who knows - Joe Minter.
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