1963 ended... 51 years ago.
Bull Connor is long dead.
As is a white majority in the city.
|Back in 1963, good men stood in defense of civilization; today, in 73.4 percent black Birmingham, there is no civilization, with the city remade in the image of the majority racial group|
Birmingham is 73.4 percent black in 2014.
The legacy of Jim Crow is a memory, though it's continually cited as the reason (well, a shield really) behind the complete lack of civility in modern, majority black Birmingham.
Perhaps it's time we realize what Jim Crow was trying to protect -- the civilization whites created in Birmingham.
Because the civilization blacks have created in white people's absence in Birmingham?
Not worth celebrating... [Birmingham gang rap video glorifies cop-killing, police say: 'Thanks for showing us who you are', Birmingham News, 5-16-14]:
Friends of a 21-year-old man fatally shot by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy one week ago have recorded a video lashing out at police, and some law enforcement officers countywide are on a heightened alert.
The three-minute video produced by BLACK DISTRICT is a tribute to Devante Kyshon "Red Man" Hinds, who died May 9 near Walmart and Milo's on Parkway East. Authorities said Hinds tried to run a deputy over with a car and then was shot to death by lawmen.
Authorities said Hinds was involved with a heroin deal when he was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Birmingham hospital.
The video calls for leaving "police bleeding" and "dropping a cop" and has caused a stir among law enforcement, some of whom believe it is a not-so-veiled threat. "They are in an uproar and worried about some type of retaliation,'' said one officer who didn't want his name used.
Warning: The video is laced with profanity. Click here to watch the video.
Jefferson County sheriff's officials have watched the video. "We are aware of it and monitoring,'' Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.
Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said authorities have studied it as well, and have determined it was shot on Oakwood Street on the city's eastside.
Police said Hinds was affiliated with the GTO gang, which stands for Goons Taking Over. They have also identified others in the video as GTO members as well.
Edwards said GTO originated out of an eastern Birmingham high school, and said its members are involved in burglaries, robberies, drug deals and car break-ins. It was, lawmen said, another member of the GTO gang who was shot at by a U.S. Marshal after the fleeing suspect tried to run over the deputy marshal.
"This is what we deal with on a day-to-day basis,'' Edwards said. "But we do think their level of aggression has elevated. They feel like they can do whatever they want to do."
Police have compiled a list of 75 names who are GTO members, but said the group is rumored to have several hundred gathered around the city. "These guys have started to compile a lot of weapons,'' Edwards said. "A lot of them are heavily armed. We know who they are, and they don't mean us any good."Black gangs in Birmingham, threatening to kill the police.
This is what life in post-civilization Birmingham is like today, a 73.4 percent black dystopia.
Where the black police chief admits homicide is only a problem because black males kill other black males over being 'disrespected.' [Birmingham ends 2013 with drop in killings, Birmingham News, 1-1-14]:
Birmingham ended 2013 with a slight drop in homicides after an uptick the previous year.
The city finished the year with 66 slayings, down seven over 2012. While any decline is welcomed, Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper had hoped for an even steeper drop. A particularly violent two-week period in June, however, dashed those hopes.
In Birmingham, 31 of the homicides happened at a residence. One happened at Railroad Park, and two at convenience stores. The remainder happened on the street, or in an alley or parking lot.
Ten happened in the North Precinct, 15 in the South Precinct, 16 in the East Precinct and 25 in the West Precinct, the city's largest and most populated precinct. Of the victims, 52 were black males, seven white males, six black females and one white female.
The homicides in Birmingham in 2013 ran the gamut: A 15-year-old shot in Railroad Park in March with hundreds of parkgoers standing by, a 2-year-old shot to death in his southwest Birmingham apartment in March, a 24-year-old mother killed by a stray bullet in Gate City and 17-year-old twin brothers shot in a home invasion in Wylam in June.
Roper said still police officials review each case for commonalities and variables and try to ensure they're doing everything they can as a department to reduce the self-destructive behavior. "We adjusted our personnel resources and strategies during critical hours, but will still need community support and involvement to have the greatest impact."
"We simply have too many young African American men killing young African American men over nothing," Roper said. "In their minds disrespect, or some other perceived issue is worth pulling a trigger but families and communities must stand up and say this violence is not acceptable in our neighborhood."
Roper said investigators still need more community members actively involved in general crime prevention, and specifically in providing information about individual homicide cases. "Our clearance rate is normally above the national average, but we still carry a number of open homicide cases where a single witness or a useful tip from the community would make the difference in allowing us to get a warrant and make an arrest."
Of the Birmingham homicides in 2013, 21 remain unsolved. "We owe the family members justice and one anonymous phone call can make the difference,'' he said.
"Our detectives work as the voice of the victim so we must encourage and assist more citizens to come forward and cooperate with them on these open cases."The cameras of the civil rights movement left in 1963. But time didn't stop. It kept moving forward, with white flight from Birmingham birthing a majority black city.
A majority black city, where the black youth threaten the police in rap videos.
In 2013 we celebrated "50 Years Forward"; the events of 1963 Birmingham helped shape America's domestic racial policy from that day to today.
Now, black youth threaten to kill cops in the city.
America needs a reset so bad.