Category Archives: Alabama

The Jim Crow Law Stopping African Americans From Voting in 2017

President Trump’s sham “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity”—which has received nearly universal opposition from voting rights advocates and state officials—follows the same template that conservative, regressive politicians have followed since the end of the Civil War to undermine American democracy. They seek to manipulate the language of liberty to conceal their true intentions and skew… Read More »

Black legislators file objection to new Alabama districts

African-American lawmakers in Alabama urged federal judges on Tuesday to reject newly redrawn legislative districts, saying Republicans are still using racial gerrymandering to maintain white GOP control of the state’s largest county. The Alabama Legislative Black Caucus filed its objections to the latest plan approved by the GOP-controlled Alabama Legislature. The caucus argued that “race… Read More »

Email referencing monkeys angers black Alabama legislators

An email that today circulated the Alabama Legislature made a reference that seemed to describe African-Americans as “monkeys,” members of the Legislative Black Caucus said in a press conference this afternoon. Under the subject line “POLITICS psychology,” the email shares an anecdote of four caged monkeys trying to reach a banana tied to a string.… Read More »

Alabama Lawmaker Confronts Speaker for ‘Racist’ Comment

An Alabama lawmaker shouted down a committee meeting speaker who dismissed marijuana arrest disparities as playing the “race card.” Democratic Rep. Juandalynn Givan, of Birmingham, warned former state Rep. Richard Laird on Wednesday to never return to the House Judiciary Committee for using the term. She also argued with the body’s chairman for interrupting her… Read More »

Woman prosecuted by Jeff Sessions can’t forgive

Evelyn Turner says she still has nightmares about what happened in this small Alabama city more than three decades ago. And it involves President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions. The year was 1985 and Sessions, then a US attorney, prosecuted an infamous voter fraud case that captured the nation’s attention, and had… Read More »

Will Birmingham Give Birth to National Racial Reconciliation?

The city of Birmingham is famous for its place in history as ground zero of the civil-rights movement — but a first-of-its-kind meeting of religious and civil leaders has possibly sown the seeds for a new national movement of racial reconciliation between black and white Americans. Birmingham Mayor William Bell Sr., Bishop Robert Baker of… Read More »