The Purple Tide in Alabama Politics

Scalawag, August 15, 2017

Demetrius Griffin works at a Dollar General in Birmingham, but he wants to be a police officer someday.

During a recent night shift, I watched the 20-year-old behind the neon-lit counter as he held court. He is enviably easy with people. When he flashed an elderly lady a smile while bagging her groceries, she literally shimmied her shoulders with delight.

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