|The HBCU Alabama State, right in the heart of Montgomery, honors the Saint of Skittles. Is he next for a Congressional Gold Medal?|
Relatives of all four girls who perished in the 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church are gathered at the U.S. Capitol this afternoon and will sit on the platform at Statuary Hall to accept the Congressional Gold Medal.Congressional leaders and dignitaries will join the families for a ceremony that will memorialize 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, who died 50 years ago this week in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.Among family members is Sarah Collins Rudolph, the "Fifth Little Girl," and the sister of Addie Mae Collins.Several Birmingham city leaders, including Mayor William Bell and a majority of City Council members, will join attend the ceremony.The medal is the result of bipartisan efforts from U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, and Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills. The resolutions eventually passed unanimously in the House and Senate.Council members Steven Hoyt, Kim Rafferty, Lashunda Scales, Jay Roberson and Johnathan Austin are all set to attend the ceremony.National outrage over the church's bombing and deaths of the girls who were attending Sunday school contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights of 1965.Bell and others, including relatives of the bombing victims, were in the Oval Office in May as President Obama signed the legislation authorizing the medal.
Sunday marks 50 years since the bombing.
|Live... from the White House, it's Congressional Gold Medals for all black people!!|
Or why not embrace a narrative about St. Trayvon, the First Earl of Skittles, that can be handed down from one generation to the next [Alabama State marching band spells 'Trayvon' during Saturday's halftime show, Al.com, 9-8-13]:
During halftime at Alabama State's Saturday night game against Jackson State, the ASU marching band took the field and spelled out the name "Trayvon."Several people who attended the matchup between the two historically black universities tweeted photos of the commemoration of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was fatally shot last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Duer Sharp mentioned the tribute, along with others who expressed pride and respect for the band's tribute.
Littered. [Special Report: Murder Crisis in Montgomery, WSFA.com, 5-19-2013]:
The number of homicides in Montgomery is up dramatically from years past, and we've uncovered some disturbing similarities many of these killings share.
So far in 2013 someone in Montgomery is killed by someone else once every six days.
At this rate we'll surpass the number of killings in all of last year by early July. While some of these killings have been random acts, most of them have something in common.
Montgomery has seen 22 homicides in less than 5 months. There were 32 in all of 2012.
"It's no secret that it's black males who are dying. Ninety percent of the murders in Montgomery," says Alabama State University psychologist Dr. Earnest Blackshear, who has been working with police to try and find ways to stop a trend that's been in place for many years.
Of the 22 homicides so far this year, 13 of the 22 have involved a black male suspect killing another black male. In the six unsolved cases, all the victims are black. In most all of the cases, the victim and the suspect knew each other.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of death of black men aged 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of another black man.
"How long do we have to continue to wait before we say it's a black on black homicide issue? We've taken the guns. We've blown up the housing projects. We have to do something different," says Dr. Blackshear.
But has Montgomery's black leadership bought in? In a recent column in the Montgomery Advertiser, retired Magistrate Judge Vanzetta McPherson said the city's black leaders aren't doing enough.
"If African-Americans were being senselessly gunned to death by persons of other ethnicities, the black community would be engaged in weekly, in not daily, protests," she wrote. "Our leaders may place a higher premium on remaining in favor with constituents and thereby remaining in office."
Black males aren’t senselessly gunning down other black males in the city of Montgomery; like the Sons of Obama that they are, they engage in Spontaneous Blackness (that special combination of having low-impulse control, poor future-time orientation, and an IQ one-standard deviation below that of the people responsible for the civilization that birthed ‘Montgomery’), which threatens not only the black community, but the capital city of Alabama’s future [TSUNAMI OF VIOLENCE (part 2 of 3): The root causes: City leaders look to the past for insight on violence, Montgomery Advertiser, 6-23-13]:
Dr. Earnest Blackshear, a clinical psychologist who has partnered with the city at no charge to help police and city leaders better understand how to interact with the city’s inner-city youth, sees a growing subculture — similar to ones in other large, urban areas — in which there is a decreasing value placed on the sanctity of life and an increasing value placed on material items.
It is a lifestyle that affects young, black males most often, encouraged by gangster rap lyrics that romanticize a street “hustle” lifestyle comprising illegal activities, retaliation against any perceived slight, the purchase of ridiculously flashy items and the mistreatment and disrespect of women.
“This is where the buying of rims that cost more than the car comes from,” Blackshear said. “It’s about flashy items. It’s a very nihilistic lifestyle. They don’t believe in a future. There is a devaluing of life. It is promoted in the gangster rap lyrics to which they listen to for three hours a day or more. That’s more than any Christian or Muslim prays or reads Scripture. So, think about how that could affect you mentally.”
Go ahead and line up his accused killer, Lashawn Marten (“made statements to the effect that I’m going to punch the first white man that I see,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly), for a Congressional Gold Medal.
And, if convicted, a full pardon at the end of the Obama Administration.
You know what? Go ahead and tell the ASU band to spell out L-A-S-H-A-W-N at the next home game.
Just don't pay attention to the black crime/violence tsunami that is only spawned from the same genes that brought about the devastation in what is still called Detroit and Birmingham in 2013, though the people responsible for the civilization that once flourished in these places have long since sought refuge elsewhere.
Montgomery is headed the same direction, too.