Prior to being elected to the US Senate, Doug Jones was a U.S. lawyer in North Alabama who was focused on claiming historical wrongdoing: pendingSeptember 7th, September 9th at the 8th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Four black girls – Addie’s daughter Collins, Dennis McNair, Carol Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, were killed while they were getting ready for church.
It would be 14 years before Robert Chambliss was convicted of the attack. Nearly 40 years after the bombing, Jones was convicted of two more counts,And , In 2001 and 2002.
In his new book, Jones writes about the process, “Bending Toward Justice: Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Civil Rights Course.” (The title comes from a famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The pressure of the moral universe is long, but it is turning to justice.”)
Appearing on “CBS the Morning” on Monday, Jose said that the bombing (which took place at age nine) had spread under the carpet for so long, but he had been protected behind justice so many years later.
“I think what you need to understand is to try to prevent things from happening in the future,” he said. “We see a lot of hate speech these days, unfortunately; we’ve seen more hate crimes. I think when we put up [the history of racism] At the front and people realize, we can prevent things in the future. “
Jones said members of the Ku Klux Klan were game-changer for the bombing of members of the Ku Klux Klan when it came to racist behavior. “We had so many bombings in Birmingham. The fact is, no one was injured, much less died. And now four innocent children, they were not part of the movement, they were children in a worship service. They changed everything.
“I think when these children died and aroused the conscience of Congress and the President, America’s conscience awakened.”
Co-host Norah O’Donnell asked, “Where are we now as a former prosecutor? Where is racism getting worse, or do we hear more about it?”
“I think we hear more about it; it was below the surface, but we’re hearing more,” he replied. “And the thing that worries me the most is Social Media আমরা We are all in our silo – we just listen to what we want to say and say what we want to say ই Social media, really, I think a lot of racists promote. [talk].
“I think I’m not talking about it in a very honest and straightforward way … wrong. We saw Charlottesville, we saw South Carolina, we saw Pittsburgh, it’s not just black-and-white now. It’s race, it’s religion, it’s gender, It is nationality and so, we think, we will have more dialogue in this country.
Jones said he believes the history of the civil rights movement needs to be reevaluated as well. “When we were selecting a jury, there were African-American young kids they didn’t know they really appreciated and didn’t fully understand Dr. King and his legacy,” he said. “I think we need to be taught more about what happened, and it just has to be done invisibly. The good and the bad come out so people can understand.
“We can only move forward by learning from lessons.”
O’Donnell asked, “What was the biggest challenge in judging the case? [the bombers] Four decades later? “
“The biggest challenge was time,” Jones said. “I mean, if people were dying, people were old, they were forgetting, we were trying to pull together old evidence, some new evidence from admissions. I think this was the idea of curing what people got. I don’t use it. Use the word ‘closure’ for these cases. You should never ‘close’ these cases. We always need to remember.
“But it was incredibly important for my community, for Birmingham, for the state, especially for this family. That’s why it’s so important. That’s why I think so. The new cold case bill that Ted Cruz and I did Also these records illuminate and let people know about them. “
“Bending Toward Justice: Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed Civil Rights” Available on eBooks and audio formats, by Doug Jones (All Points Books) on Hardcover Women and soldiers.