Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Alabama Grain

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy

Alabama Grain

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Birmingham, Alabama, is no stranger to civil discourse concerning police and race relations. Historically, the city has maintained a steady reputation for being one of the most segregated places during the civil rights movement. Reminders of Birmingham's sketchy past are found throughout the city with help of the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and other physical acknowledgments to the history that was and the progress made since. However clean and silent these historical skeletons are attempted to be kept, it is nonetheless a permanent stain that will forever haunt America and the Founding Fathers of this country. It in no doubt is very much a part of who we all are to this very day. The ramifications from our historical mistakes are still being dealt with today, although still not acknowledged by many as valid.

I attended the Black Lives Matter protests on 19 December 2014 to document the events. I remained there, however, due to my personal opinions regarding the lack of prosecution in the deaths of numerous unarmed African American men at the hands of the police. …

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