If Alabama Bridges Could Talk © 2008 by Bob Miller

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There has been a lot of talk before and after the 2008 presidential election about civil rights.

There seems to be a difference of opinion about just how far we have come and how far we have to go.

I don't have a clue as to how far we have to go and how long it will take to get there, but I can tell you that we have traveled a long way in the right direction.

Naturally, if you were not living in the deep south in the 40's, 50's and 60's as I did, you might have an entirely different view point, and that's understandable.

I'll never forget fishing under the O'Neal Bridge in Florence, Alabama, my hometown, and watching as some guys threw a young black man off of it.

He hit the water and skipped like a flat rock. I started up our little Johnson outboard motor to go to the area where the guy had hit.

My stepfather asked, "What do think you're doing? You mess with this, and tomorrow you'll be thrown off of some bridge."

When a deputy sheriff heard about this from me, he suggested, using many of the same words that my stepfather had used, that I not stick my nose in things that were none of my business.

Talk about hypocrisy.

When I was growing up in Florence, you would have been hard pressed to have found a home that didn't have a Bible and a picture of the Last Supper on the wall.

There are hypocrites everywhere, but I believe that most of them were conceived in the Bible belt and migrated elsewhere.

WWII, the Korean and Vietnam Wars did not come close to killing as many people as the drug dealers in the Bible belt.

These hypocrites warm church pews on Sunday, and plant, harvest and package tobacco products the other six days.

There are more hypocrites and bigots in the Bible belt than there fleas.

Biography: Bob Miller was born in Florence, Alabama. Miller served as a pilot in Vietnam in 1968-69 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Challenged Richard Shelby for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1992. Produced the television show, The Late Show (BLAB 2001). Worked as the golf pro on Holland America's ms Westerdam. Bob has authored seven books.

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