Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a 57-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 during the reign of “King” Willie Herenton, whom while Mayor from 1991 – 2008, told taxpayers of the 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.
The most recent Mayor, Jim Strickland, seems to be working hard to revitalize Downtown Memphis.
Unfortunately, for those who are seeking to bring the city of Memphis back to its former prestige, and restore its title of the “City of Good Abode”, there are those who want everyone to share is their own self-inflicted misery…
…and, they want to get paid for it.
The Commercial Appeal, The Memphis Area Newspaper, filed the following story…
While thousands of fans gathered outside the gates of Graceland on a rainy and steamy Monday night, about 100 protesters congregated on Elvis Presley Boulevard during the city’s signature international tourist event, the annual Candelight Vigil in recognition of the death of Elvis Presley.
Affiliated with Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, the protesters rallied just south of the mansion, isolated from the tourists by a significant police presence, several squad cars and specially erected concrete and metal barricades.
“We’ve already said this is the most police we’ve ever seen around Elvis Week, and we’re glad for it,” said Frances Forbus, 51, of Cartersville, Georgia, who said she was making her tenth trip to Graceland.
“I think everybody has a right to protest and say what they believe is on their mind, but today is about Elvis,” Forbus added. “To use an event that’s already established to call attention to yourself, I think it’s rude.”
Initially, about 20 protesters showed up in the early evening, and were told by police to remain within a fenced area on the south side of the Graceland shops. As the group increased in size, it moved out to the street, waving placards and occasionally chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and other slogans.
Police arrested at least two people who attempted to work their way around the barricades, but it was unclear Monday night whether charges would be filed.
Meanwhile, police were permitting people identified as Elvis fans to pass through the barriers.
“One would wonder what information the police officer has to determine who is an Elvis fan and who is the protester. And that’s a question only the officer can answer,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.
She said that, in general, protesters have a fundamental right to assemble on public land but private property owners can determine who is allowed on their property.
City Council member Berlin Boyd, who spent time talking to the protesters Monday night, said that it was a Graceland official telling Memphis police which people to allow through the barricades and which to keep back.
Antonio Blair, who said he used to work at Graceland, said police wouldn’t let him through the barricade, thinking he was one of the protesters. “It was very racial profiling that they wouldn’t let us in to see Graceland,” he said.
At the same time, a small group of protesters — almost all white — came walking toward the barricades from the opposite direction. One of them, Larry Geater, said the group had no trouble getting past the barricades. “They weren’t stopping the white people. They were just stopping the black people,” he said.
Elvis fans mostly ignored or were puzzled by the protests. International fans in particular said they did not understand the message of the protesters. “Elvis is singing for them,” said Sylvain Vertez of Zwijndrecht, Belgium, making his 25th trip to Graceland, as Elvis’ version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” played over the Graceland sound system.
Wearing a handmade Elvis dress, Memphian Sybil Presley, 69, (no relation) posed for pictures holding a hand-lettered “Elvis Lives Matter” sign. She said her intention was “to promote peace. We’re trying to have our vigil here. We matter, too.”
Protests aside, Monday’s Candlelight Vigil marked the end of what Graceland public relations director Kevin Kern called “an average Elvis Week, per se.” In comparison, next year’s Elvis Week, which will mark the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death as well as the opening of a new $45 milllion Elvis entertainment complex, should be “massive.”
“I always look at Elvis Week as Memphis’ version of the Olympics,” Kern said. “Except we’ve got to do it every year. We welcome the world to the city.”
Among the world travelers were Jose Gil Ruiz, 46, and Isabel Domenech, 39, newlyweds from Malaga, Spain, who were at Graceland for their honeymoon.
Ruiz wore a sky-high rooster’s comb of a black pompadour, but, more significantly, he and his bride wore matching gold wedding bands inscribed with the bars and notes of the sheet music for “Love Me Tender.”
Neither Ruiz nor Domenech spoke fluent English, but the groom — an Elvis fan since age 5, he said — shared a wedding photo: During the ceremony, he wore a white rhinestone jumpsuit.
Another international visitor was Robert Pooran, 68, an “Elvis tribute artist” from Guyana in South America who now lives in Toronto. He said the protesters didn’t understand that “no matter what your color or background, or if you were in a wheelchair, Elvis was there for you. That’s what he was all about. That’s why he was so loved around the world.”
However, on Facebook last week, the Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens — one of the groups that announced it would participate in the Graceland protest — posted that it had “no issue with Elvis nor his fans.”
“Our issue is with the money hoarders in this city who make millions and pay poverty wages to their workers,” the coalition posted. “Memphis is consistently at the top of the list of poorest cities in the United States of America.”
The vigil, marking the 39th anniversary of Elvis’ death on Aug. 16, 1977, started at 8:30 p.m. Following the opening ceremony at the main gate, fans were allowed to walk along the house’s driveway to Elvis’ gravesite. Graceland officials said about 10,000 fans were expected to come through the gates.
Since the Church of God in Christ took their annual Convocation to St. Louis , Missouri, Elvis Week is the sole money-making annual event that Memphis Leaders can count on to bring solid Hospitality Revenue into the Bluff City.
When a big event like Elvis Week occurs in a city like Memphis, all those who work in the Hospitality Industry, Restaurant Industry, Transportation Industry, and Retail Merchandise Industry make money.
The catch is: you have to work for it.
Just like those of the BLM Protestors who burned down their own neighborhoods in Milwaukee during their two nonsensical nights of rioting over a black career criminal who was shot by a black police officer while resisting arrest, the actions of those trying to protest at and enter the Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil last night continue to make no sense to me, whatsoever.
These “protestors'” sole purpose for existence is disruption for the purpose of gaining attention and the humiliation and degradation of Municipalities, who are trying to recover from decades of poor stewardship by Democratic Party Government Officials. Police Departments.
Their actions spring from their innate belief in the words of Karl Marx in explaining the premise of his Marxist Theory:
From each according to his ability to each according to his need.
The codicil to that statement always has been that someone has to make money with their ability, first, in order to give it to someone “in their need”.
These “Black Lives Matter” “Protestors” are, indeed, the “New Bolsheviks”.
As I have reported in earlier articles, The Open Society Institute, financed by Billionaire Puppet Master and Nazi Collaborator, George Soros, is providing the funds for Black Lives Matter to travel to hot spots around the country.
During the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin rose to power during a time of economic plight in Russia, which was perceived as being the result of a greedy upper class. In order to depose the Czar and his government, Lenin had to solidify the “have-nots”, the Mentsheviks and the Bolsheviks, into his own private army, designed to usher in his “Glorious Revolution”.
He got them on his side by promising them a better, more prosperous life, in which the benevolent “Nanny-State” Government, would supply all of their needs.
By ginning up the dependent base already in cities across the United States of America…and growing…due to the influx of illegals…Black Lives Matter, acting with the passive (at least, publicly) support of the White House and the Democratic Party and all of their Liberal Minions have already infiltrated America’s College Campuses, promising “Free Tuition”, “Empowering Students”, “Power to the People” and all that jazz, creating their own “Revolutionary Army”.
Now, their actions, including shutting down National Highways and marching through municipalities, in supposed defense of those who were killed in altercations with police across the nation, and “inequality” may succeed in allowing Obama’s quest for a “National Police Force” to become a reality.
“Brown Shirts”, anyone?
Far fetched? Perhaps.
However, Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968) six-time U.S. Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, infamously said,
The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.
How do we stop this?
The greatest President in my lifetime, Ronald Wilson Reagan, once said,
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Instead of attacking those who do the hiring, the perpetually aggrieved BLM Protestors would be better served by attempting to clean up their own neighborhoods, ridding themselves of the pushers and the prostitutes, trying to make a dent in the 74% illegitimate birth rate in the black community, and stopping their neighbors from killing one another is record numbers.
But…that would require PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
And, evidently, that’s just too difficult a concept for some people to grasp.
Until He Comes,