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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s Stance on Financial Compensation for KKK Church Bombing Survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph

There has been controversy around the response of the current governor of Alabama regarding financial compensation for Sarah Collins Rudolph, a victim of the Ku Klux Klan bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963.

Rudolph, who lost her eye in the bombing that also claimed the lives of her sister and three other Black girls, still carries a piece of glass in her body from that tragic day. According to a report from NYPost, Governor Kay Ivey was questioned about financial compensation for the survivors of the hate crime. Her response seemed evasive, mentioning “untold pain and suffering.”

Rudolph squarely places the blame on the state of Alabama and then-Governor George Wallace for the events that unfolded, stating to the AP, “If they hadn’t stirred up all that racist hate that was going on at the time, I don’t believe that church would have been bombed.” Today, Rudolph is burdened with a $90 monthly bill to cover the cost of the prosthetic eye she wears, a bill that the state should be responsible for, along with providing additional financial support.

Her attorney, Ishan Bahabha, expressed that Rudolph deserves justice through compensation for the severe injuries and expenses she has endured for nearly six decades. He vowed to explore all available options to ensure Rudolph receives the help she needs and deserves.

When questioned about reparations, Governor Ivey deferred to the legislature, indicating that any financial allocation would require approval. Advocates argue that action should be taken promptly to provide Rudolph with the assistance she requires.

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