George Wallace is dead and like many Americans, I am saddened by his departure. George Corley Wallace touched the lives of nearly every American. Governor Wallace touched my life in a rather profound way: he was family. I grew up in Bullock County, Alabama. Our oral family history recognized that George Wallace’s . . . → Read More: Wallace Wounded this Cousin, but Change Helped Him Heal
In Alabama, racial tensions are manifest in all political and government activities, social and religious life, public and private educational institutions, the criminal justice system and nearly all economic matters. Given these tensions, it is not surprising that Governor James came under criticism for not appointing blacks to his staff.
There are only two . . . → Read More: James’ Appointments Troubling
The sun was hot on the UPS picket line, but the heat had not weakened the resolve of the strikers I spoke with. These Teamsters were determined to narrow the wage gap between part-time and full-time workers. The men I spoke with (I didn’t see any women strikers), last Wednesday, said they are committed . . . → Read More: Strikers Serious About Stand
The duplicity manifested in Judge Roy Moore’s and Governor Fob James’ public statements threatening to defy the lawful order of the courts renders both men unfit to continue serving in their respective offices. They should resign, so that their offices can be filled by officials who abide by their oath to uphold the constitution . . . → Read More: James, Moore Should Resign
Who is speaking to the issues of particular interest to 35 million African Americans in the 1996 presidential campaigns? What happened to the voice of two-time presidential candidate Jesse Jackson? Where is the reasoned voice of President Clinton’s golfing buddy, Vernon Jordan? And here in Alabama, who is speaking politically for over one million . . . → Read More: Black Voices Not Heard in Campaign
May 16, 1996 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson. The 1896 case of Homer Plessy involved the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that required separate accommodations for white and “colored” railroad passengers. This is the case that birthed the “Separate but Equal” legal doctrine which . . . → Read More: Race Still Warps American Reality
These are the best of times and the worst of times for race relations in America. Opinion and political polls suggest that the most popular man in the country is Colin Powell, a retired U.S. Army General and millionaire author. At the same time, arguably the most infamous man in America may be O.J. . . . → Read More: Obsession: Focus on Race Drives Montgomery Politics
General Colin Luther Powell has attained a status usually reserved for the most acclaimed members in our society. He is recognized by his last name; Powell. Pondering the presidency on the Tonight show with Jay Leno, Powell let it be known that he had always wanted to be called “Skip.” General Dwight David Eisenhower, . . . → Read More: Nicknames Boost Political Careers
What happens when a jury finds a defendant, who is the only suspect, not guilty of a brutal murder? No, this is not a column about the O. J. Simpson trial. This happened last month in Montgomery County Circuit Court. In Judge Sally Greenhaw’s court, a sitting jury found Richard Lee Steele not guilty . . . → Read More: U.S. Jury System Consistently Works
By Major W. Cox
The Department of Corrections received $530,839.00 in May 1995 from inmates serving sentences in Alabama prisons using a work-release program. This amount represents 32.5 percent of the inmates’ gross earnings of $1,633,434.00. From these earnings, work release inmates paid nearly $200,000,00 in federal and state taxes, $52,318.00 to . . . → Read More: Can Work-Release Really Benefit All?