Get ready to feel your blood boil. You will NOT believe it but this article actually ties the incident with Luis Ramirez with Birmingham, AL 1963 and a KKK bomb attack that killed four young black girls. Yes, you read that right.. they are saying that this incident is as bad as the KKK planting a BOMB and killing children!!
The article was in the Tallahassee.com edition and written by Barbara Ransby of the Progressive Media Project. I decided to find out who she is which follows the article.
Back to Birmingham, 45 years later
By Barbara Ransby • PROGRESSIVE MEDIA PROJECT • September 15, 2008
Forty-five years ago, one of the most pivotal racist attacks of the civil-rights era occurred. Local members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a bomb under the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., on a Sunday morning, Sept. 15, 1963. The explosion killed four young girls, three of them age 14 and one of them only 11 years old.
Most popular accounts of the civil-rights movement mark 1963 as the apex of nonviolence. In August of that year, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial facing an audience of 250,000 supporters.
But while King praised nonviolence, racist groups and individuals engaged in violence throughout the region. Birmingham was at the center of the fray. There were so many buildings and homes blown up by vigilantes there that the town was dubbed “Bombingham.” Convictions for these crimes were rare. It was not until 1977 that prosecutors in Alabama aggressively went after the culprits in the 16th Street Church bombing, resulting in the conviction of KKK member Robert Chambliss that same year.
Things have changed in America since 1963. No one would argue with this. My own grandmother, who was born in Mississippi in 1901 and worked as a sharecropper and maid, never believed the day would come that a black man would be nominated for president by a major political party.
But let’s not celebrate the postracial Promised Land too soon. There is not only persistent racism in the United States, there is also persistent racist violence and the hatred that fuels it.
Sen. Barack Obama has had numerous death threats. The threats were so prevalent and so serious that he received Secret Service protection well before he was the Democratic Party nominee.
Yeah you get death threats no matter what color you are Barbara if you decide to become a public figure and a controversial one at that.
In America, people of color are still victims of racially motivated violence.
In May a federal jury in Kansas City convicted two men of the racially motivated murder of a black man, William McCay, three years before.
Last month, Luis Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant and father of two, was beaten to death by four white teenagers in Shenandoah, Pa. They hurled racist epithets along with kicks and punches.
Let me straighten you out here Barbara. This fight was mutual and Ramirez could have walked away but he chose to return WITH his friend and go after the teens, which resulted in his death. It was NOT a KKK attack. And Ramirez ALSO hurled racial epithets at the white teens. Ramirez was also wanted on a 2004 aggravated assault charge and he was a fugitive from justice at the time of his death. He was ALSO in a dark park at 11:30pm with a 15 year old girl, which is how the fight got started. But of course you don’t want to muddy up your little article with things like FACTS now do you. You’d much rather make your distorted correlations between the KKK and these white teens and I charge that YOU Barbara, are the racist here because you apparently see white teens and you see the KKK.
It is important to remember the lessons and legacy of Birmingham in 1963.
It is equally important to not turn a blind eye to the instances of racial harassment and violence today, from the lynching reference that sparked the Jena 6 case last year to the numerous hate crimes that get reported to the Justice Department and civil-rights watchdog groups each year.
Let’s not forget the cold blooded MURDER of Jamiel Shaw Jr by a Hispanic illegal alien and the MURDER of the black honors students in NJ by an illegal alien Hispanic GANG and the MURDER of the Bologna father and sons by an illegal alien HISPANIC Barbara. These are all WAY more racist and hateful than what happened in Shenandoah - but that does not support your distorted arguments so you conveniently leave them out.
It is not only naive to think we have completely eradicated racism in America, it is dangerous.
To be sure, racist violence never consumed the entire population or even the majority. Most people of color were not direct victims. And most whites did not throw the blows or the bombs. They simply looked the other way.
Apathy or willful ignorance in the face of racism and injustice yields the same net result, whether it is the blatant and widespread racism that showed itself in Birmingham, or the more subtle but no less real racism of today.
We couldn’t afford that apathy or that ignorance yesterday. We can’t afford it now.
# Barbara Ransby is an associate professor in the department of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Contact the author via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apparently Barbara Ransby is not only involved with the Progressive Media Project, but also the LEFT FORUM and they have a web site here. They are self described in this way:
Left Forum provides a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and a more just society.
Oh really? A more just society? And that gives you the license to outright LIE? It’s outrageous that anyone can tie the event in Shenandoah to a KKK bombing and get away with it. The Tallahassee.com saw fit to print it. Shame on them!
Barbara Ransby is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Black Commentator - apparently a magazine devoted to ONLY Black issues. Oh yeah Barbara, you aren’t a racist now are you. I can just imagine how you would point the finger at an ALL WHITE magazine. Total double standard Barbara. A just society? Where Blacks run the world? Is that what you want Barbara?
Oh and guess what? The chair of The Black Commentator is a Julian Bond. Julian Bond was named the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center at its founding in 1971 and still sits on the board. The SPLC is leading the way in listing anyone who is against illegal immigration as a racist hate group, including a Pennsylvania group which consists of two sweet white haired ladies.
I’ll tell you what will end racism. When people like YOU stop seeing the world through a RACE PRISM and see people without seeing their color. You are just as bad if not worse than the KKK with your Black Commentator membership and your singling out that only Barack Obama receives death threats and your focus on only white crime against other races. Give me a break! You are just not worth listening to.
You will notice that all of these associations of Barbara Ransby’s are conveniently omitted in the credits on the article and she only refers to her associate professorship in the department of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I think we should let Barbara know how we feel about her using her position at a university to spew her racist, leftist agenda and have it appear mainstream.
Email her here
Contact the President of the University of Illinois at Chicago - Robert Zimmer - here
President’s Office at University of Chicago (773) 702-8800
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