Category Archives: Race relations

A white mayor for Birmingham?

Last year who would have predicted that Donald Trump might win the Republican Primary? Last year who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would still be giving Hillary Clinton heartburn? People have become so unhappy with the status quo that they are willing … Continue reading

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Why a divided Birmingham can’t survive

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. There are two Birminghams. At least two. The historical reason for … Continue reading

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Birmingham is surprisingly awesome

Surprisingly Awesome is my favorite podcast.  Each episode explores topics that would put most people to sleep, but the show makes boring topics interesting and fun. Subjects like pigeons, mold, or concrete become fascinating. Birmingham, Alabama would be the perfect topic … Continue reading

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When white people tell black people what to do

If you want to measure the financial vitality of a region–look at job growth. Our Birmingham seven county metropolitan area* has fewer people employed today than in 2007. That’s nearly a decade with a net loss of jobs. Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin have had … Continue reading

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Alabama: A great State unless you are black, gay, or Hispanic

I recently wrote a piece, “Birmingham punished for being in Alabama,” where I pointed out that job growth in Birmingham and around the state has been relatively flat while other cities in the South are flourishing. Our Birmingham-Hoover seven county … Continue reading

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White man responds to black woman’s Birmingham childhood memories

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Jerry Carter, wrote a piece in December titled, “Birmingham: The city of my youth makes a comeback.”  RavenBarnes responded with “Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective.” Now … Continue reading

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Rich folks & black politicians holding Birmingham down?

Unfortunately I didn’t attend the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast January 19th, but immediately after Tanner Colby, the speaker, began his remarks, the texts and e-mails started coming—telling me I should have been there. Since I did not hear the … Continue reading

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Birmingham of my youth–from a black perspective

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is RavenBarnes. As far as I know, I don’t know Mr./Ms. Barnes since his/her comments below were published in his/her user name on al.com. This is … Continue reading

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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

The above title is not my quote because I would be one of the “croakers,” but it’s something I hear from the younger generation regularly.  Okay, they may not use the word, “croak,” but they say it’s time for our old … Continue reading

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Birmingham–the city too confused to hate

There’s no way my wife and I could have been prepared for our first visit to Mi Pueblo—the new 44,186-square-foot multicultural supermarket that recently opened on Green Springs Highway. The store is bright, clean, and stacked high with fresh meats … Continue reading

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