Over 50 years ago, a Black woman stood amid the debris in Birmingham, Alabama, her feet covered with shattered glass from the bombed out 16th Street Baptist Church, cried out in anguish: “My God, you’re not even safe in church!”
That was 1963.
We are still not safe.
Race based violence is not history. It is here.
As a Confederate flag defiantly flies over the South Carolina State Capital, racism and evil struck again, killing 9 people during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
No More Birminghams
Institutional racism still exists, a stubborn stain we can’t whitewash away.
The history we learned in school and the violence we witnessed on the news in the 1960’s were to have served as a wake up call to many Americans concerning racism and violence.
Somehow we tragically fell back to sleep.
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