I'm from Birmingham,born and raised by men and women who were active in the civil rights movement. From their stories and my own personal experience,I can attest that Cullman or Ku Klux Kullman as my uncle used to call it,is THE most racist county in the state.When the movement started many people migrated to Cullman because it was a safe haven for whites. In the late 70s and early 80s more people followed as blacks began to start their own business and really take over the city. As late as 1990,there was a sign(imitation of the original) that hung on the side of the road(near downtown Cullman) that read "Nigger Don't Let The Sun Set On Your Black Ass In Cullman County". As recent as 2 years ago the Shell gas station right off the exit had a confederate flag on the side of the building. They finally removed it after black college students would spray paint over the flag on their way back to school from Birmingham.That is the only place in the state where whites could feel safe to be racist without getting confronted by blacks. I could go on and on about Cullman and the state of Alabama,but don't want to take up more of your space. It is a complexed state.Many white people are afraid to say they voted for someone black for fear of being chastised by their friends. It's a place where you can work with what appear to be the nicest white person on the planet,yet the day after the election of Presdient Obama,they won't speak to you ever again.Rev. Fields surprised a lot of people with his win. But it also scared them to death. Now they realize that it's not 1950 anymore.And as for Artur Davis,he is a friend of the President,they attended Harvard together. But in his effort to gain support with whites in this state he lost support with many blacks when he trashed the healthcare bill as a government takeover. He won't get my vote for Governor.Thanks for sharing, may blog about this myself a little later. Good stuff!
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