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Marching On Selma

What you see below is the last thing Selma, Alabama or the United States Of America needs right now. It only serves to keep dividing the country along racial lines and stirs up old memories that are best left alone. I know. I’m from Alabama.

My family and relatives are scattered all over Central and South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Due to my career in Information Technology I haven’t been back home in ages but I know how things are down there.

The last time I was in Selma was in 1991 and I saw a city pretty much run by blacks in all of the city government offices. The reason is that Selma is about 70% black - with only a small white population.

The city’s finances were in deep trouble because they were having problems attracting businesses to come build and invest in the town. The current median household income is only $25k/yr., which is half the national average. Unemployment stands at 9% and jobs are leaving town, bleeding it dry. (Source: ePodunk - Selma Demographics)

So what good can possibly come from having a bunch of rich, Northern politicians come to town and stir up old memories of racial hatred? None whatsoever. It only makes it worse. Racism is effectively dead in Alabama nowadays. Blacks serve in government from the city level all the way up to the state legislature. School segregation ended decades ago. Black businessmen and professionals are doing quite well. I know. More than a few of them are my friends.

No, this spectacle in Selma over the weekend was not about civil rights. It was about getting people to vote for idiot Senators who haven’t done a darned thing to help Selma economically. Even worse, they don’t plan to help the town any time soon. Witness the fact that while these bloviating egos were in Alabama, none of them took time to visit the recent tornado-ravaged region just southeast of Selma where people were still looking for bodies and digging out from destroyed homes and schools.

(Note: President Bush was in the tornado-ravaged region of south Alabama, offering assistance, declaring it a disaster area and trying to help the people get back on their feet.)

No, all these people want is your vote so they can keep getting paid handsome salaries that are funded by your tax dollars. They will use any subterfuge they have to in order to get your vote - while encouraging racial divide and ignoring economic divide. Are these the kind of people Selma should trust and listen to. Not on your life.

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Clinton and Obama Unite in Pleas to Blacks
SELMA, Ala., March 4 - March 5, 2007

Evoking the passions and rivalries of the civil rights era, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton made deeply personal appeals to voters in the sanctuaries of black churches here on Sunday, and then joined former President Bill Clinton for a march across a bridge where white police officers beat protesters, most of them black, nearly 42 years ago.

It was an extraordinary sight: the Clintons and Mr. Obama, two of them competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination, walking — with two black congressman, and sometimes others, in between them — down Martin Luther King Jr. Street to commemorate the footsteps of black demonstrators who were met with violence as they tried to march to Montgomery to demand civil rights in 1965.

The visit to Selma, a historically rich, economically struggling city, became a proxy battle for black support between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, whose candidacy represents a threat to Mrs. Clinton’s traditional base. That competitive dynamic intensified on Sunday with the debut of Mr. Clinton on the campaign trail, six weeks into his wife’s bid, and among a bloc of voters who are at once devoted to the former president and torn between his wife and Mr. Obama.

It was the first side-by-side appearance of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign, and the political theater of the two campaigns overlapped repeatedly, but with a polite tone that contrasted with their political skirmishing of recent weeks. Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton spoke at services on the same street, three blocks apart, and the lines of worshipers were so long that they nearly intermingled. Both candidates paid homage to the same civil rights leaders, and both concluded the services by locking arms with worshipers and swaying to “We Shall Overcome.”

At different points, both Clintons said that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had paved the way for Mr. Obama to run for president.

“Today it is giving Senator Obama the chance to run for president,” Mrs. Clinton told worshipers at the First Baptist Church, to enthusiastic applause. “And by its logic and spirit, it is giving the same chance to Gov. Bill Richardson to run as a Hispanic. And, yes, it is giving me that chance.”

Mr. Obama, before the commemoration march, praised both Clintons and said of the political campaign under way, “We don’t have time for other folks to divide us.”

- More on this at the NY TIMES ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/05/2007 at 04:37 AM   
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