From Texas, I am returning home to Alabama for a few days, and I plan to spend a lot of time working on this little vacation. OD readers will get their first glimpse of where I come from. You can expect audio, video, and photos. I might just go on a whirlwind tour of the state.
This is where it all began. Not only for me, but for the nation as a whole. Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery. The Civil Rights Movement kicked off in Alabama with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. The climatic battles of Birmingham and Selma were fought there. George Wallace was from my hometown.
Alabama is still the home of some of the most unreconstructed Whites in America. I would include yours truly in this category. In the 2008 election, Barack Obama got the lowest percentage of the White vote in Alabama. In 2004, Alabamians voted to keep segregationist language in our state constitution. Alabama was the last state in the union to repeal its anti-miscegenation law. A majority of Whites actually voted to keep it. This was in 1999 or 2000.
If a referendum were held in Alabama on illegal immigration tomorrow, a decisive majority of voters would reject amnesty and vote to deport every single illegal alien in America. Senator Jeff Sessions has been the harshest critic of “comprehensive immigration reform” in the Senate. Tim James recently made waves in his gubernatorial campaign by attacking multiculturalism.
Alabamians are increasingly aware of the costs of an integrated society. Just recently, The Birmingham News ran an unbelievable story on black violent crime. Browse the gallery of “The Killing Years” and the awful truth is revealed. Blacks are literally destroying Birmingham. Whites in Alabama instinctively know this. It is one reason they are still less inclined than Whites almost anywhere else in the world to believe in racial equality and integration.
I’ve considered doing a podcast from a historic landmark in Alabama. Maybe the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church; the spot where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the CSA; the same spot where George Wallace proclaimed segregation today, segregation tommorrow, segregation forever; the Selma-To-Montgomery historic trail; Horseshoe Bend where Jackson triumphed over the Red Sticks and won Alabama for the White race; Birmingham which incarcerated MLK; Tuskegee, which Booker T. Washington built; the White House of the Confederacy; Yancey’s tomb. I haven’t decided. There are any number of possibilities.
Alabama has a rich history. The state played a major role in every upheaval in race relations in American history. It could happen again.
I hope so.