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The state Senate today likely will debate a resolution “expressing profound regret for Alabama’s role in slavery.”
The six-page resolution, introduced Wednesday by Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, says “an apology for centuries of brutal dehumanization and injustices cannot erase the past, but confession of the wrongs can speed racial healing and reconciliation and help African-American and white citizens confront the ghosts of their collective pasts together.”
The resignation of Mike Higginbotham from the Birmingham School Board is racial politics designed to galvanize white voters to support Councilwoman Valerie Abbott’s run for mayor, Mayor Bernard Kincaid said Wednesday.
Both Higginbotham and Abbott called the mayor’s allegation ridiculous.
Higginbotham said he’s not supporting Abbott for mayor. He’s supporting council President Carole Smitherman.
“I committed to a candidate a long time ago, and I supported her four years ago,” Higginbotham said.
Higginbotham announced Tuesday he would resign from the school board effective Aug. 31. His replacement will be selected by District 3 voters in October during the mayoral election.
Kincaid said Higginbotham conspired with Abbott to put the school board seat and the mayor’s seat on the same ballot to lure more white District 3 voters to support Abbott.
“You have never seen me play the race card,” Kincaid said. “But in this instance, if he was serious about getting the heck out of Dodge, do it now.”
Kincaid said District 3 is Birmingham’s only predominantly white district, and whites vote at higher rate than blacks.
Higginbotham’s late resignation is an effort to excite the electorate in favor of Abbott, the mayor said.