The Explosion in Birmingham
1963 is a special year for the black in Birmingham. Four little lives were taken by unknown parties on September 15 when the sixteen street Baptist church was bombed. It was just a normal Sunday. There was a Student Show that day in the church, but the disaster was just happened without any portent. The reason for the disaster is obviously the racism. As a person who hasn’t experience it, we couldn’t understand the pain of the black, as they were always be ignored, oppressed and hurt. They lost lots of legitimate rights just because they were black. As the parents memorized in the documentary, they didn’t know how to tell their children why they couldn’t eat sandwich in the shop with the white, why they should go upstairs to the balcony to enjoy the movie, why they couldn’t use the toilet or even the fountain with the white and why they couldn’t do everything as white children did. Who led to such a painful racism? As the adults recalled, Eugene” Bull” O’ Connor was the police commissioner, commissioner of fire and safety. But it’s ironic that safety would be in the hand of a man who was so unsafe. He kept people so insecure. Bull O’ Connor liked to keep black folk in their place. All of the arrests and all the demonstrations in Birmingham were occurred within four blocks of 16th Street Baptist Church. Black would meet in the church and march a few blocks. Then “Bull” would lock everybody up. When there were too many people to lock up, he would call on the dogs and the fire hoses and try to clear the street by force. He just went crazy when he saw any strength or self-respect in a black person. Everyone in the documentary were curious about why he and his jackals so wanted to do evil. They even couldn’t understand why they hated folk so much. There was a piece of speech that impressed me very much. “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet...
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