“Walking in Memphis.
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale.
Walking in Memphis.
But, do I really feel the way I feel?” – Marc Cohen, 1991
Personally, I feel a little nauseous.
US News and World Report recently filed the following story…
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A city council in Tennessee plans to consider four different ways to deal with the growing uproar over the existence of two statues of Confederate leaders at city parks.
Council members in Memphis agreed Tuesday to discuss a resolution listing steps it can take to remove or board up statues of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Davis was the president of the Confederate States, while Forrest was a slave trader, Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. Both statues have been the target of protests by activists who say the monuments represent racism and hate. Seven people were arrested after clashing with police during a protest at the location of the Forrest statue on Saturday.
Criticism of Confederate monuments has been intensifying since a rally earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when white nationalists opposed to the city’s plan to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protesters.
Council member Martavius Jones compared having the statues in public parks to erecting monuments to former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and others who organized attacks on the United States.
“It would be no different than having a monument to Osama bin Laden,” said Jones, who is black.
Supporters of keeping the statues in place believe they represent an important part of history. The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Memphis has said the statues do not represent white supremacy and it would be a mistake to remove the monuments.
The council voted in 2015 to relocate the Forrest statue. But the Tennessee Historical Commission blocked the move under the Heritage Protection Act, which bars removing or disturbing war memorials on public property. A request by the city to waive criteria for the statue’s removal was denied in 2016 by the commission.
The statue is at a park where the Sons of Confederate Veterans celebrate Forrest’s birthday each year, with men and women dressed in Civil War-era garb and waving Confederate flags. The remains of Forrest and his wife are buried under the statue. The city has said it wants to move the remains to a cemetery.
Attorney Allan Wade presented the four steps to the council. The first was the immediate removal of the statues by the city, which would violate state law.
“I don’t think we should go out and yank them down tomorrow without some due process,” Wade said.
The second option would be to sell the statues to private entities, such as museums, and remove them from the parks. But that move also would violate the law, unless the city gets a waiver from the commission, Wade said.
The third step would be to petition the state historical commission for a waiver to its rules. But that is a complicated, lengthy process that has little chance of succeeding, partly because two-thirds of the commission needs to approve the waiver and some members do not want the statues removed.
“It is probably easier to have someone executed by lethal injection than to get a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission,” Wade said.
The fourth option would be to board up the monuments in order to guard them from vandalism or destruction and reduce the chance they would attract protests that would threaten the safety of the public and police.
Some Memphis city council members agreed that too much money is being spent on guarding the statues and dealing with protests — and police could use those resources on their regular duties.
Tami Sawyer, a Memphis activist who is leading the movement to remove the monuments, said she was pleased with the council’s decision to consider the four options.
A Tennessee Historical Commission spokesman did not immediately return a call placed after working hours on Tuesday.
The council plans to discuss the resolution at its next meeting on Sept. 5.
As a 58-year-old resident of the Memphis Area, I have borne witness to the governmental mismanagement and resulting decay and degeneration of what was once of the friendliest places in the country to live.
There are still friendly people in Memphis, but, chances are, they work in Memphis and are living in the suburbs, like I do.
The mass exodus of Memphis taxpayers started when Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, who occupied that office from 1991-2008, told taxpayers of a Caucasian persuasion, if they did not like the way he was running the city, they could leave.
So, they did.
Since then, violent crime in Memphis has steadily risen, to the point where some suburban husbands will not allow their families to enter Memphis during the day or night.
On February 6, 2013, the Majority-Black-Democrat Memphis City Council renamed three Confederate-themed parks to prevent some State legislators from blocking such name changes.
The council passed a resolution to immediately rename Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park in downtown Memphis and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, which lies just a few miles away. The vote was 9-0 with three members abstaining.
And now, once again, they are going after someone who cannot fight back…because he’s dead.
Meanwhile, the black-on-black homicidal genocide continues in what was once the “City of Good Abode”, now #2 on the FBI’s Most Dangerous Cities List for 2017.
It must be those Confederate Statues’ fault…it just HAS to be the fault of the General and his wife…maybe even, his horse.
It has to be. Otherwise, the people who have been responsible for the descent of “The City of Good Abode” into Detroit South, where black Americans are being murdered every night of the week, would have to be held responsible for their own actions.
And we can’t have that, now…
By the way, what those who want to move the General don’t want you to know is the fact that the General and his Wife are buried beside the statue and therefore would have to be dug up and “relocated”.
If the City Council goes ahead and does something stupid like that, does that mean that we can dig up their relatives who have passed away and “relocate” them, too?
But, I digress…
It is time for the Memphis City Council to quite worrying about the latest “Squirrel!”, specifically designed by the democrats to derail Trump’s Presidency and to start worrying about the fact that Memphis has too much violent crime which is affecting the city’s revenue in innumerable ways.
For instance, Memphis has no big conventions, such as the Annual Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, coming to it anymore because of inadequate convention space, which cannot be renovated and expanded because no big conventions will come to the Bluff City. Meanwhile, the Occupancy Rate of Memphis Hotels remains at a constant, stagnant 52%.
But, by gosh, by golly, if the City Council can just get rid of the General and the other statues, decades of poor Democratic Stewardship will magically disappear and all of Memphis’ problems will be solved.
…And, I’m actually a blonde 22-year old Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader named “Buffy”.
If the City Council actually believes that Confederate Statues are the reason that Memphis, Tennessee has regressed from being an annual “City Beautiful Award” Winner to a city where the Homicide Rate finished #7 in the entire nation last year, I believe that they have their heads lodged firmly up a dark and lonely place.
At this rate, they might as well leave their heads where they are, because they are certainly not using them to think.
Until He Comes.