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50 Years After Birmingham Church Bombing, Investigative Reporter Stuart Wexler Reveals New Evidence, Despite FBI Stonewalling

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Stuart Wexler, who has been investigating the Kennedy and King assassinations for years, reveals new evidence about the Birmingham church bombing of September, 1963, explains the network of white hate groups, and FBI informants in the Klan and related groups.Click here for free audiobook and Audible trial offer that benefits the PBC Podcast!

Wexler is co-author with Larry Hancock of The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Hancock was interviewed for this podcast about the book in 2012) and has just published an e-booklet, Rebels, Radicals and Red Baiters, which takes a new look at the Birmingham bombing of September, 1963.

Wexler details the network of white hate groups who hoped to spark a race war by challenging the civil rights protests, and explains that, even after 50 years, the FBI is holding back information.  In particular, we talk about the use of paid informants and provocateurs, and the FBI’s knowledge of and interaction with white racists.  Wexler focuses on JB Stoner, a lawyer for racist groups who Wexler strongly suspects of direct involvement in the Birmingham bombing; he notes that Alabama Gov. George Wallace, known nationally for his extreme support of segregation, distanced himself from the extremists.

He also explains how southern white racists–and supporters in California and elsewhere–used anti-communism as a tool, painting the civil rights movement as pro-communist.  Some of the proceeds from sale of the new e-book will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.