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Decatur Deb  Jul 21, 2015 • 7:10:28pm

The Anniston Star is considered a liberal rag in that town. Daughter1 used to do columns for them.

Lumberhead  Jul 21, 2015 • 7:41:34pm

re: #1 Decatur Deb

The Anniston Star is considered a liberal rag in that town. Daughter1 used to do columns for them.

Well, he does say that removing the flag was the right thing, so there’s that.

Decatur Deb  Jul 21, 2015 • 7:50:38pm

re: #2 Lumberhead

Well, he does say that removing the flag was the right thing, so there’s that.

Have to know some local history to evaluate that:

Mob violence in Anniston and Birmingham

The Birmingham, Alabama, Police Commissioner, Bull Connor, together with Police Sergeant Tom Cook (an avid Ku Klux Klan supporter), organized violence against the Freedom Riders with local Ku Klux Klan chapters. The pair made plans to bring the Ride to an end in Alabama. They assured Gary Thomas Rowe, an FBI informer[7] and member of Eastview Klavern #13 (the most violent Klan group in Alabama), that the mob would have fifteen minutes to attack the Freedom Riders without any arrests being made. The plan was to allow an initial assault in Anniston with a final assault taking place in Birmingham.

On May 14, Mother’s Day, in Anniston, a mob of Ku Klux Klansmen, some still in church attire, attacked the first of the two buses (the Greyhound). The driver tried to leave the station, but was blocked until KKK members slashed its tires.[8] The mob forced the crippled bus to stop several miles outside of town and then firebombed it.[9][10] As the bus burned, the mob held the doors shut, intending to burn the riders to death. Sources disagree, but either an exploding fuel tank[9] or an undercover state investigator brandishing a revolver[11] caused the mob to retreat, and the riders escaped the bus. The mob beat the riders after they escaped the bus. Only warning shots fired into the air by highway patrolmen prevented the riders from being lynched.[9]

That night, the hospitalized Freedom Riders, most of whom had been refused care, were removed from the hospital at 2 AM, because the staff feared the mob outside the hospital. The local civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth organized several cars of blacks to rescue the injured Freedom Riders in defiance of the white supremacists. The blacks were under the leadership of Colonel Stone Johnson and were openly armed as they arrived at the hospital, protecting the Freedom Riders from the mob.[12]

When the Trailways bus reached Anniston and pulled in at the terminal an hour after the Greyhound bus was burned, it was boarded by eight Klansmen. They beat the Freedom Riders and left them semi-conscious in the back of the bus.[9]

Decatur Deb  Jul 21, 2015 • 8:22:26pm

Lest it seem like it’s just ancient history, here’s some current events:

So yes, the editorial is lame BS for most places, but ‘It’s Anniston’.

team_fukit  Jul 22, 2015 • 11:41:44am

“no Marshall Plan to help the South recover…”

hehe, it was called “Reconstruction.”

CuriousLurker  Jul 22, 2015 • 1:41:54pm
The white Southerner has no powerful friend to bolster his self-esteem and advocate for him.

Seriously, the whiny poor persecuted white man thing again? He has “no powerful friend”? He controls the whole freaking power structure in this country and has since it’s inception. He has no need of friends.

But the Civil War!! Uh-huh, white men disagreed and picked a fight with other white men over an executive order issued by their white, freely elected president. After four years of fighting they ended up getting their asses handed to them. Whose fault is that?

He has no caucus or monument in Washington.

The entirety of Washington D.C. is his monument, FFS. His white Congress approved its creation, his white president signed it into law, and his black slaves helped to build it. WTF more do you want??

Decatur Deb  Jul 22, 2015 • 3:18:45pm

re: #6 CuriousLurker

The white Southerner has no powerful friend to bolster his self-esteem and advocate for him.

The writer missed his point. The poor whites of Anniston pretty much meet his description. The better-off suburb broke away, the major private industry (Monsanto) shut down after polluting the place, and the Army facilities were closed or cut back. Median income is 30K, and 30% of the population is below the poverty line.

The residue of industry is particularly bad: Wiki

In 2002, an investigation by 60 Minutes[18] revealed Anniston had been among the most toxic cities in the country. The primary source of local contamination was a Monsanto chemical factory, which had already been closed. The [1] EPA description[19] of the site reads in part:

The Anniston PCB site consists of residential, commercial, and public properties located in and around Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, that contain or may contain hazardous substances, including polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) impacted media. The Site is not listed on the NPL, but is considered to be a NPL-caliber site. Solutia Inc.’s Anniston plant encompasses approximately 70 acres of land and is located about 1 mile west of downtown Anniston, Alabama.

The government didn’t do much better than industry. The major work at Anniston Army Depot was the storage and eventual incineration of chemical agent, including M55 rockets full of leaking VX. Families in the area were issued warning radios and NBC masks, with battery-driven forced air respirators for the infants.

Bottom line—it sucks to be Black (51%) or White (44%) there. The problem is misplaced grievance.

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