Feudin’ in the ‘Bama ‘Hood

Editorial cartoonist J. D. Crowe of AL.com (“Alabama’s largest news site, providing up-to-the minute coverage of the news from around the state … and bring the state together with stories that highlight what we all love about Alabama.“) has upset Daniel Taylor of 1819 News (“a non-profit LLC that derives its namesake from the year Alabama was founded (1819) and … we provide news for the State of Alabama, we do so with honesty, integrity, and Alabama values“):

Alabama’s racially storied history can’t be denied, but when it comes to modern-day politics, some seem stuck in the past more than others.

The Ku Klux Klan hasn’t had any significant social, political or economic influence in Alabama in decades, but AL.com cartoonist J.D. Crowe is determined to keep its memory alive.

© Alabama Media Group/J. D. Crowe

1819 News takes J. D. Crowe to task for his frequent reminders of the area’s history.

It’s not uncommon for Crowe to recycle content and themes … and in the last year alone, his political cartoons referencing Klan imagery have numbered in the double-digits, from depicting lawmakers in Klan hoods to burning crosses on a cake.

Apparently Crowe’s latest cartoon (upper left corner in the above cartoon montage) about Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville’s latest remark is what prompted the commentary, though the Senator is not mentioned in the piece. (Tuberville is regularly presented in 1819 News articles as a paragon of the site’s “Alabama values” and even contributed an opinion piece to the site early this year.)

13 thoughts on “Feudin’ in the ‘Bama ‘Hood

  1. Just what are “Alabama values”? I’d love to hear their definition…it sounds like something I’d need a vaccination for if I were ever to set foot in their state. Maybe even build a wall around the state (and some others, while we’re at it) to keep those values isolated so they don’t spread.

    1. They have an official State Holiday for Jefferson Davis’s Birthday. Are those “Alabama Values”?

    1. The KKK is and always has been an offshoot of the “Democratic”. Party.

      1. The democratic party and republican parties flipped stances in the late 60’s when the Civil rights act was passed. The republican party under Goldwater and Richard Nixon decided to run what is known as the “southern strategy” which was to play into white racial fears in the south for votes. This os why you don’t let Republicans teach history

      2. By party
        The original House version:[1]

        Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)
        Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)
        Cloture in the Senate:[35]

        Democratic Party: 44–23 (66–34%)
        Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
        The Senate version:[2]

        Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
        Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)
        The Senate version, voted on by the House:[3]

        Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
        Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%). For the idiots [those*] that think the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act

        *edited by D.D.Degg – there was no call for the original phrasing

  2. That line – “the Ku Klux Klan hasn’t had any significant social, political or economic influence in Alabama in decades” – is only remotely plausible if one means the KKK as a literal organization and not as a philosophical mindset. When politicians act in ways that look like their Klan peers from 70 years ago, it’s hard not to reference the Klan as a visual shorthand even if today’s politicians don’t have actual membership cards in their wallets.

    FWIW, The 1819 News is a conservative online magazine that mixes feel-good human interest stories (teen donates to homeless) with pro-Christian stories (Christian children’s home changes lives of disadvantaged kids) and conservative opinion pieces and articles (COVID fraud, latest statement from Mo Brooks, etc.). It feels kind of homey and matches the pro-church posture of Alabama while presenting a core of the exact stuff that Crowe is criticizing.

    1. As a lifelong Alabamian, I will tell you that the KKK mindset is still present and strong in this state. It manifests itself in an endless stream of oppressive legislation to making voting more difficult, health care in rural areas precarious, wages flat, etc.

  3. It’s obvious this cartoonist enjoys keeping this BS thriving..Just another WOKE media person..The way to stop this is simply stop talking about it..Plus why was the article even published? It seems they love to continue to drive a wedge between the various races.

    1. Not talking about it is why the Civil war failed to resolve the wound in our country and embrace equality of all people. Not talking about it is why we were a fully segregated society until sixty years ago. Not talking about it is why we are still struggling with racial issues to this day.

      Too many fragile whites like yourself afraid of confronting thier own racial hangups not wanting to talk about it. Worse you’re passing those flawed values onto others perpetuating the mistakes of the past

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