"Whites Only" Section In Hell?

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Looks like the Christian Fundamentalists might have a sinister, second agenda besides trying to erase the line separating church and state. This past Election Day, voters in Alabama defeated a proposed amendment to their state constitution which would have, once and for all, repealed laws still on the books mandating separate public schools for "white and colored children" and allowing municipalities to pass poll taxes designed to disenfranchise Black people.
What makes the defeat of the referendum distressing is the fact that John Giles, President of Alabama's Christian Coalition, had spearheaded the fight against it. Giles denies the allegations that racism was the motivating factor behind his position. But there is no other way to explain his reluctance to eradicate such presumably unenforceable vestiges of the Jim Crow system of segregation.


Sadly, Giles had several formidable allies in his endeavor, including recently ousted Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, a darling with the religious right for his refusing to remove a granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of a state office building. Another ally was Tom
Parker, a candidate for the vacant seat on the bench, a good ole born again who handed out Confederate Flags during his successful campaign.

The South seems intent on fighting the Civil War forever. Remember how after Neil Young indicted the South in the Sixties for its legacy of slavery and lynchings with his acid anthem "Southern Man," instead of owning up to its history of intolerance, the rockabilly group Lynyrd Skynyrd responded with "Sweet Home Alabama," a defiant rebel yell which has come to be embraced as the universal redneck rallying cry.

Let's compare lyrics, shall we? Neil's: "I saw cotton and I saw Black, Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back? I heard screamin' and bullwhips cracking, How long? How long?" 

Versus Lynyrd Skynyrd's race-baiting retort: "Sweet home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue In Birmingham they love the governor, Now we all did what we could do, Well I heard Mister Young sing about her, Well, I heard ole Neil put her down, Well, I hope Neil Young will remember, A Southern man don't need him around anyhow."


You can almost hear Alabama Governor George Wallace whistling away while burning eternally in his specially-requested "WHITES ONLY" section of Hell.
Attorney Williams is a member of the NJ, NY, CT, PA, MA & US Supreme Court bars.

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