In the former “City of Good Abode”, a bunch of Liberal dimwits have sacrificed heritage and history on the foul-smelling altar of Political Correctness.
I was born December 3, 1958 in St. Joseph Hospital in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. St. Joseph’s is no longer standing, having been torn down in the name of “progress”.
I moved across Stateline Road to DeSoto County, Mississippi from Memphis, Tennessee in November of 1997 for a very good reason: I was no longer wanted there.
Allow me to present some evidence…
From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Fearful that legislators in Nashville might intervene in the controversy surrounding Memphis park names, the City Council hurriedly voted Tuesday night to rename three Confederate-themed parks in the Downtown area.
By a 9-0 vote with three abstentions, the council approved changing Forrest Park’s name to “Health Sciences Park,” because of its proximity to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Confederate Park will become “Memphis Park,” and Jefferson Davis Park will be “Mississippi River Park.”
Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal City Council members William Boyd and Wanda Halbert are two of the nine who voted in favor of changing the park names. Three others abstained and one was absent.
Council members Jim Strickland, Kemp Conrad and Bill Morrison abstained from voting while Reid Hedgepeth did not attend the meeting.
The council also approved creating a committee to further study the naming issue. That committee will include two council members, two university professors, a representative from the NAACP, a member of the Shelby County Historical Commission and the city parks director.
All three parks have stirred repeated controversy because of their Confederate themes, particularly the one at Union and Manassas that contains the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest. In addition to being a Confederate cavalry leader, Forrest was a slave trader before the Civil War and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan after it.
“The parks are changed. It’s done,” said Councilman Lee Harris, who initially proposed renaming the parks after nearby streets. “We removed controversial names and named them something that is less controversial.”
The decision angered some who came to the meeting.
“I’m very upset. They’re trying to get rid of history. They’re trying to rewrite it,” Katherine Blalock said.
Added Becky Muska: “We continue to fight, whatever it takes. If it takes taking it into court, that’s a decision the historical groups will make at the appropriate time.”
The park names have stirred controversy for years, but the commotion erupted anew in early January after the city removed a marker at Forrest Park. The Sons of Confederate Veterans paid for and installed the half-ton granite marker at a cost of about $10,400.
Still, it’s likely the council wouldn’t have acted so fast Tuesday if two Nashville legislators hadn’t hurriedly introduced a bill that, if passed, would have removed the city’s ability to rename such parks. In fact, the council originally considered passing an ordinance that would have required three readings, but switched to a resolution on the issue because its effect is immediate.
The council also voted to approve its minutes Tuesday, which will prevent the measure from being reconsidered at the next meeting.
The “Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013,” sponsored by Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Lexington) and Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), passed its first reading Monday. If approved, the measure would prevent cities from altering any “statue, monument, memorial, nameplate or plaque” erected for a number of military events, including the “War Between the States,” in the bill’s language.
“I’m not going to accuse them of being … meddlers, but you get the picture,” Councilman Harold Collins said. “There is no reason for these people in Nashville and East Tennessee to be in our business.”
Added Councilwoman Janis Fullilove: “We cannot allow Republicans in Nashville to sit up and dictate to us in the city of Memphis what we should do.”
It’s possible Health Sciences, Memphis and Mississippi River won’t be the final names of the parks, though. Even Harris called the names “bland,” and other council members agreed. Future names would likely come out of the committee that was established Tuesday night.
Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?
According to 2010 U.S. Concensus Figures, Memphis is over 63% Black American. 6 Black city councilmen and 2 Whites voted for the name change.
But, you know what’s funny? No one asked them to change the names of those historic parks.
Driving home yesterday, I was listening to Ben Ferguson’s local radio program. Black caller after black caller said that they thought the name changes were “silly” and “unnecessary” .
One black caller actually brought up the historical fact that almost 100,000 Black Southerners fought on the side of the Confederacy.
The changing of park names is something that the Black Liberal Leadership in Memphis have been wanting to do for a long time.
It was a purely political move, designed to show the nation what an enlightened bunch of Liberal Leaders that they are.
Never mind that they are revising history.
To paraphrase God’s Word: “If thy city’s history offends thee, pluck it out.”
Or, pretend as if it never happened.
And, the City Administrators wonder why all the taxpayers have fled Memphis, like the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt. (Memphis, Egypt. Get the reference?)
Will the last taxpayer in Memphis, please turn off the lights.
Until He Comes,