Horace Huntley issued a letter saying the fight over Cooper Green Mercy Hospital is rooted in racism. Source: WBRC video
Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman. Source: WBRC video
Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The fight over the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital takes a turn toward allegations of racism.
Horace Huntley, the Chief of Staff of Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman, released a letter Monday, saying, "The attack on healthcare for the poor was a first strike. White Confederate/Republican Commissioners came into office declaring they would 'right-size' government, and get the County out of the business of healthcare."
Huntley says the actions of the three white Republican commissioners appear to be racist.
"It appears we are under attack. Poor people are under attack. Black and white people and it appears the attack is coming from our officials," Huntley said.
Huntley is a former UAB history professor. He pointed out in the letter the actions of the Republican majority included selling the county owned nursing home and the move to end inpatient care at Cooper Green is "a devious version of Jim Crow."