Although we are in 2017, at times it still feels like we are witnessing acts from the civil rights era. The latest to take place is the ruling in Alabama that allows segregation amongst whites and blacks.

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Judge Madeline Haikala ruled in favor of a mostly white town departing from a multiracial school district to start its own district admitting that race and inequality was a huge part of her decision.

. . .”Race was a motivating factor in Gardendale’s decision to separate from the Jefferson County public school system,” Haikala stated.

U.W. Clemon, who represents black plaintiffs in the case, believes that the parents of these students will challenge the ruling.

Something to take note of is the location of Gardendale. Its neighboring city is Birmingham, Alabama and in Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” he believed Birmingham was “the most thoroughly segregated town in the United States”…

“Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. [Blacks] have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings of [black] homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation.” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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About The Author Savon Slater

Savon Slater is a multimedia journalist based in New York. He has published work for and True Urban Culture magazine. He also is the host of the 'Need to Know' podcast on iTunes.

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