Posts tagged Alabama
Posts tagged Alabama
We’re makin headway, y’all!!
Memphis is a city I love so much and a city that will always be “home” for me, no matter where I get my mail. It is a part of me and I’m a part of it. I wouldn’t be who I am today without this city and I’m reminded of that every day…and forever thankful.
This is part 6 of a so far 6 part series from WREG-TV in Memphis, focusing on overcoming many of the obstacles that Memphis faces and how other Southern cities have tackled similar issues. I’ll be linking the other parts in each post.
Just some current tumblr users reminding us that it’s totally acceptable to degrade Appalachia and other impoverished & isolated regions with antiquated, hackneyed stereotypes and a fond usage of the word “hillbilly” in an anything-but-innocent way.
(part 1 of many to come)
Gay rights leaders around the country have long viewed Alabama, and the rest of the Cotton Belt, as unwinnable terrain, a backwater hopelessly mired in the past. While gay couples in other states are lining up to get marriage licenses, LGBT people in Alabama are celebrating a court ruling throwing out the state’s sodomy law more than a decade after the rest of the country has moved on. And as growing numbers of Republicans in other states are proclaiming their support for marriage equality, conservatives in Montgomery are as vehemently opposed to pro-gay legislation as ever. Alabama remains one of a dwindling number of states in the country with no laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination or hate crimes. The chief justice of the state Supreme Court is waging a campaign around the United States to enact what nearly everyone in the country sees as a politically dead idea — a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman, something even former President George W. Bush couldn’t pull off in 2004.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Civil rights organizations in Alabama are cheering a state appeals court ruling that declared part of a state sexual misconduct law as unconstitutional.
When I first read this, I read it as same-sex marriage ban, not same-sex sex act. This is sooooo far behind the times that I was a little taken aback. But forward is forward. Let’s get it, Alabama!
The 21-year-old’s experience epitomized what was repeated by organizers of third annual Rocket City Pride, an afternoon/evening event supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community that included a parade: Huntsville is a more progressive city than the rest of the state.
Tray Matthews, the recently-dismissed safety from the University of Georgia, will be an Auburn Tiger.
Matthews tweeted after he was dismissed that Auburn or Louisville would be his next school:
I’m sorry UGA family.I swear to God I love yal.I’m crying right now but I won’t forget. Love the dawgs.Auburn or Louisville will be my home— TriggaTray28 (@Trigga_Tray28)June 3, 2014
After a few visits to Auburn, Gus Malzahn decided to give Matthews a second chance.
I’m truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus has blessed me with. I’m excited and ready to Excel at AU— TriggaTray28 (@Trigga_Tray28)June 14, 2014
Ready to be an Auburn Man. I’m very humbled by all that has happened . Truly blessed. Au family and fans we in this together. WDE!! #Blessed— TriggaTray28 (@Trigga_Tray28)June 14, 2014
Matthews was a highly-regarded safety prospect from the 2013 class. According to Rivals.com, he was the #5 safety in the nation and the 44th-best overall player in the country.
He was able to get significant playing time as a true freshman, appearing in eight games, making 36 tackles, intercepting one pass, and forcing a fumble.
Auburn fans may remember him from a certain play…
I’m not even going to lie, that’s kind of awkward.
Sure, it was more Josh Harvey-Clemons’ fault for knocking the ball out of Matthews’ hands. Still, Matthews was a part of that play.
Either way, he’s a talented player that could definitely help Auburn’s defense in the future.
Matthews had some off-the-field issues at UGA which ultimately led to his dismissal. That may concern some Auburn fans. To that, I say: Cam Newton, Nick Marshall, etc. I trust Gus Malzahn’s judgement, and giving players second chances has worked out pretty well before.
Tray Matthews will likely have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will be eligible for the 2015 season.
Thanks for reading, and War Eagle.
John Servati, 21, a junior swimmer from Tupelo died Monday
This is so so sad. I have family near Tupelo and the whole town was already devastated from the actual storm, only to learn that this happened to a hometown guy.
The University of Alabama student senate killed a resolution supporting racial integration of fraternities and sororities on campus — a failure the legislation’s author partly blamed on a secret society called the Machine. The student senate vot…
The problem here, as far as my understanding, is that a girl was denied from all 16 traditionally white sororities. Since this made national news, 23 WoC have accepted bids from traditionally white sororities.
I think the reason the student senators left it alone was both because of that last tidbit (not that it corrects the situation) and because it would have left them in an awkward place when it comes to the traditionally minority Greeks. Would they be forced to integrate? They were founded BECAUSE PoC were excluded from Greek life back in the day.
And Greek life is a HUGE thing Down South. In my experience, it’s vastly different than it is in other parts of the country. Tennessee is not a Greek run school, yet 40% of our student body is Greek. At the same time, 95% of the PoC that are Greek here are in minority organizations.
So I can’t say I blame the SGA for not touching it out of fear they make it worse. Now, I don’t know that was their motivation; I can only hope it was in the right place. But I hope this national spotlight helps Bama resolve the solution.
Paul Hard rushed to the hospital after learning that his husband had been in a car wreck. He sent a text message to other family members: “David in wreck, in the ER, Pray.” When Hard arrived at the hospital, a receptionist refused to give him any information about his husband, David Fancher.
It’s comin, y’all! And once several Southern states (or maybe red states in general) have had their marriage equality bans overturned, which is already happening and inevitable, I honestly see an amendment at the federal level protecting LGBTQ folks. It’s just a matter of time.
It’s what every pregnant woman fears. There she is excited to be pregnant for the first time. She is finally getting over the morning sickness, and she and her husband have just shared the happy news with their friends and family. Then, one night the unimaginable happens. She is lying in…
I get it. Two inches of snow shuts down major metropolitan areas (not just Atlanta). It’s funny! It’s funny because when it snows two inches where you live, it’s nothing, you might as well be in West Palm Beach. Southerners lose their shit, though! Hilarious.
The author’s point is only further proven that people not from the South, or that haven’t lived here for an extended period of time, just don’t get. And never will. As the post says, we have no reason to have heavy snow equipment and we aren’t used to driving in this kind of weather. It’s more than a single issue and it’s so tiring to have Yankees commenting on Southern issues, in general. I just wish they’d stop moving down here and then complaining about everything, but that’s a discussion for another day.
"ALABAMA WOMAN COMES IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL"
Keepin it classy, Alabama.
Side note: I know y’all aren’t all like this, but could you have a talk with those that are?
~The Rest of the SEC
For Colored Girls Only | Best of 2013