Alabama councilwoman: Holocaust memorial racist because ‘it is for dead people’ — Video

Tyson thinks a Holocaust memorial is racistThe insanity of the left seems to know no bounds.  On Wednesday, Raw Story reported that Birmingham, Alabama, City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson tried to argue that a proposal to honor victims of the Holocaust is racist against blacks because it is “for dead people.”

Raw Story added:

Sheila Tyson doesn’t want the city to pay $45,500 to remove existing buildings on the site of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, which has raised about $500,000 to build a memorial park alongside a 9/11 memorial, reported AL.com.

“Dead is dead,” Tyson argued.

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Tyson, who has previously asked the city to pay for repairs at the historically black Shadow Lawn Cemetery, said she didn’t understand why the city should help the privately funded memorial project.

“Isn’t it still for dead people,” Tyson said. “It is for dead people. Aren’t the people they are memorializing deceased?”

Yes, they are — murdered by the Nazis…

The city attorney tried to explain how the cemetery is a private entity while the memorial expresses the city’s remembrance, but Tyson countered with a series of factually inaccurate claims.

“This is the oldest cemetery in the world,” Tyson claimed. “If this isn’t a tourist attraction I want to know what is. President Obama’s wife’s great, great granddaddy is buried out there.”

Raw Story said that it’s true Michelle Obama’s great-great grandfather, Carpenter Dolphus Shields, is buried there, but it’s hardly the oldest cemetery in the world.  In fact, Raw Story said, it’s not even the oldest cemetery in the city.

“What’s the difference?” Tyson asked.  “I see the difference.  I know the difference but I will leave it right there.”

Here’s video of the incident, courtesy of AL.com:

According to Raw Story:

Councilwoman Lashunda Scales came to Tyson’s aid.

“I know the difference,” Scales said. “The difference is the haves and have-nots.”

City Council decided to table the issue for another week until the project’s developer could answer questions for Tyson and other reluctant officials.

And to think these people actually get elected to office…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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