Category Archives: Race relations

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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What Birmingham can learn from Ferguson Missouri

In September of 2002 Dave Adkisson, the then President of our Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), and I got up for an early morning jog.  We were two of approximately one hundred Birmingham political and community leaders who had … Continue reading

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Is Steven Hoyt evil?

When you read some of the remarks by (I assume) white commenters on al.com, you almost have to come to the conclusion that Steven Hoyt is the devil—some kind of black racist.  Councilor Hoyt is the City Council representative from … Continue reading

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Birmingham: Why do we continue to embarrass ourselves?

Some folks want me to take sides in the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) squabble, but that’s not my role.  My role as publisher of ComebackTown is to place a spotlight on why we continue to put ourselves in such … Continue reading

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Birmingham and the Detached Millennials

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Steve Boswell.  We love to hear from young professionals.   If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. “Human progress never rolls in … Continue reading

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Birmingham: No one wants to talk about race

Recently, I authored an artcle titled, “Surely this article will get me sued.” It was about the daughter of a friend of mine who while studying abroad was asked by a fellow student why Birmingham had a separate bar association … Continue reading

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