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Birmingham, England vs. Birmington, Alabama

Reader comment on item: Does Europe Have No-go Zones?

Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 27, 2015 at 07:23

Dear Daniel Pipes,

My poetic license encourages me to claim that Steven Emerson got the name of the city, Birmington, right - but he's too embarrassed to admit that he made a mistake as to the name of the state - that it was not England, but Alabama!

See "The 11 Most Dangerous Cities" [4 years ago, in the USA]


As the third (3rd) most dangerous city in the USA, isn't it obviously a "no-go-zone)?

A recall watching recently on my television an excellent rendition of the biography of Little Richard. What made it so good is the actor who depicted an impression of Little Richard almost better than Richard himseld could have done (that's how entertaining it was). In a particular episode Little Richard's father gets murdered by an unrully patron of his saloon, who shoots him dead with a revolver. Shortly thereafter, (this is about 1951) in this "negroe" neighborhood, the white police officer appears. When he's asked if he will arrest the killer of Richard's father (the killer also being African America), the policeman replies that we don't do that when "one of you" kill one another.

So, in the days of racism in the Deep South, there were "no-go-zones" where "white folks" didn't go. And even today, we have Birmingham, Alabama, the third most danderous city in the United States where no self-respecting middle-class citizen, black or white would wish to go for safety's sake. Did Steven Emerson have this American city in mind?


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