Birmingham’s DWL community held a Memorial March last night in honor of the tragic and “senseless” shooting of Jarmaine Walton in Railroad Park:
“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Several Birmingham residents marched through Railroad Park Saturday night to honor a 15-year-old shooting victim and to show their continued support for the city despite the recent tragedy. …”
Jarmaine Walton was shot and killed in Railroad Park … in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of black witnesses, not a single one of whom has stepped forward to assist the black-controlled Birmingham Police Department in its investigation:
“Jarmaine Walton, 15, was shot about 7:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of First Avenue S. Gunfire erupted at the park, and Walton was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at UAB Hospital at 2:07 a.m. Monday.
Witnesses told police they heard about six gunshots near the skateboard park. Investigators say there were hundreds, if not thousands, in the park that night, yet no one has come forward with any information to help police. No arrests have been made in the deadly shooting, and Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is asking the public to step up and provide police with the information they need to make an arrest …”
It has been a particularly violent week in Birmingham where the African-American community has been making a strong push to reclaim the statewide title of being “the most violent city in Alabama” from Montgomery:
“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The past week has been particularly violent in metro Birmingham, starting last weekend with two teenagers shot to death – one near Davis Middle School and the other in Railroad Park.
At least one death has been reported nearly every day this week, including the shooting deaths of a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in separate incidents. …”
Just this week, an African-American man shot his sister and killed her 2-year-old child in downtown Birmingham:
“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A 2-year-old child has died following a midnight shooting in Birmingham, according to the Birmingham Police Department.
A woman and her son, Nazario Boykins, were found shot at 913 8th Avenue West just after midnight Saturday, and both were transported to UAB Hospital with serious injuries. … The child died at 2:56 p.m., and police are launching a homicide investigation.”
I bring this up because the surging violence in Birmingham has finally drawn the attention of more than 290 members of Congress, Rep. Terri Sewell, and both of our Republican Senators from Alabama:
“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — More than 290 members of Congress have signed a resolution requesting a Congressional Gold Medal for the four girls killed in Birmingham’s 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. …
“Over the course of this year 2013, as we commemorate Birmingham’s role in history, we must make every effort to remember and recognize not just these four little girls but all those who have suffered and sacrificed so that Birmingham, Alabama and this nation could uphold its ideals of equality and justice for all,” Sewell said.”
In 2013, two black teenagers were shot to death in Birmingham this week, and so was a 3-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, and Congress reacts by pushing for a resolution to posthumously bestow a Congressional Gold Medal on the four black children who were killed fifty years ago in the 16th Street Church Bombing.
Such is life in Black Run America … confronted with the daily drumbeat of black carnage on the streets of cities like Birmingham and Montgomery, it is always 1963 for Congress and the Mainstream Media, and the public is never allowed to think about or dwell upon what happened to these cities after the Civil Rights Movement.