|In 2013, Birmingham (74 percent black) celebrated "50 Years Forward"|
They criticized and questioned the spending on Monday evening, but on Tuesday morning, the Birmingham City Council quietly approved $180,000 for several days of civil rights commemoration activities.
The council today authorized funding for the city's second "Empowerment Week," following a committee meeting where several members criticized the lack of spending details and demanded a greater role in activities.
The council last week delayed a vote on the spending, referring it to a committee Monday to get more details.
"Why are we doing this again, and do you plan on doing this forever?" asked Councilwoman Valerie Abbott, chairwoman of the Budget and Finance Committee said late Monday. "People in my district want streets paved. They don't want to see a lot of partying anymore."
While several council members have recently questioned the spending, it was included in the 2015 operating budget, a document approved months ago with seven 'yes' votes, including Abbott's.
Mayor William Bell's staff late Monday worked to convince the council to salvage funding for their initiative - which begins Sept. 11 through Sept. 15.
"This is Empowerment Week two," said Terry Burney, a Bell aide. "It sort of gave us a little boost on a national and international level. We got a positive push from this last year."
"If we're going to 'Birmingham Forward,' then let's do it together," said Councilman Marcus Lundy. "We are not just the cash cow. The attitude of the council is one that wants to be participatory."
In addition to the return of Empowerment Week, the city Oct. 22 - Oct. 26 will be the site of "Human Rights Week." Both organized weeks are designed to commemorate civil rights and promote world-wide human rights.Silly Councilwoman Valerie Abbott: the answer to your guest of, "Why are we doing this again, and do you plan on doing this forever?", helps explain the reality of BRA.
"Why are we doing this again, and do you plan on doing this forever?" -- To the victors go the spoils of war...
All past injustices against black people must be celebrated and constantly cited - as those brave civil rights leaders who overcame such injustices - to explain away the present sorrowful conditions of the black community despite massive injustice done against whites to promote exclusively black interests.
We must celebrate 1963 Birmingham and all that was overcome, just as we must close our eyes to 2014 Birmingham (because the conditions of the 74 percent black city - after being controlled politically by blacks since the late 1970s - might confuse a few free-thinking white people into questioning whether Bull Connor is actually the villain in this morality play we call America).
But if you close your eyes to 2014 Birmingham, you miss out on the greatest joke of all. ["I live in Birmingham. Sometimes I hear gunshots at night" Mayor William Bell stresses personal and official response to city violence, Birmingham News, 9-12-14]:
Mayor William Bell said he's directly impacted by deadly violence in the city, and his administration is methodically working with law enforcement, communities and other agencies to address crime and crime prevention.
"I live in Birmingham. I hear the fire station number 14 when they crank up the emergency truck and the fire truck," Bell said. "Sometimes I hear gunshots at night."
Deadly violence escalated in Birmingham during the Labor Day weekend when six people were killed. In all, there have been 10 homicides within the last two weeks.
The 9:30 session at the Birmingham Museum of Art will dissect the problem of black crime and black victimization. The city of Birmingham is 74 percent black, and most of the homicides are committed by black perpetrators on black victims.
Bell, during a recent work session with the City Council addressed the recent homicides, saying the city is addressing the immediate crimes while also working to address the climate that breeds lawlessness. I'm offended when people pontificate that the mayor can go out there and wave a magic wand and end crime," Bell said. "We can't do that. It's our community's responsibility. It's all of our responsibilities to do the best that we can each and every day, and I'm committed to doing that."There is a magic wand capable of being waved to end the threat of criminality; it's called "the State" daring to safe-guard a future for the law-abiding by holding black people responsible for their actions.
Instead of having "Empowerment Weeks" dedicated to the perpetual celebration (and re-enactment of the fight for) of the Civil Rights Movement, it's time to realize the need for such a week in a 74 percent black city is hilarious proof Bull Connor's actions in 1963 were warranted.
Fifty years forward from 2014, will Birmingham's all-black citizenry still cite 1963 as a rationale for the complete collapse of the city into conditions far worse than that found in modern Liberia?
Will the city be hosting another "Empowerment Week," where some black person claiming to have been born in that holy year of 1963 is dragged on stage to rationalize black people's continued hate toward their vanquished white foes?
Councilwoman Valerie Abbott asked:"Why are we doing this again, and do you plan on doing this forever?"
The answer is so simple: if we stopped bringing up past white persecution toward blacks as justification for the continued failure of modern blacks (some lingering residue of failure only possible because of slavery, white supremacy, or Jim Crow), we wouldn't have anything to celebrate black people overcoming.
Remove the protective shields of white guilt and state-issued "Birmingham 1963"glasses, and we'd only be left with modern Birmingham and Detroit, two cities remade in the image of their black majority.
How often did Bull Connor's Birmingham hear gunshots at night, Mayor Bell?
Blacks in Birmingham (and Detroit) have already been empowered. The end result?
The conditions of 2014 Detroit and Birmingham.