I hope they weren't tracking any political activists. That would be in conflict with the City's consent order with the US Justice Department.
The story would certainly be shocking if it were true.
But Ms Fullilove makes a poor witness.
Thanks for the heads up. Well, this new account certainly widens the audience for the story (which remains shocking), doesn't it?
"Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, who told a story that most, if not all, the members of her audience had not heard before, and which had apparently never before been related publicly in any form."
This is an uniformed statement. If you were a listener of WDIA when she was a host there, the last 2-3 years, you know that this was not the first time that she has made the statement, or rather told the story. Furthermore, most of the listeners, not all, are African-American listeners. Consequently, well...if you are smart enough to write for the Memphis Flyer by now you know that you are in error.
Dang, just looked back to check for the author and noticed that it was Jackson Baker. We all are allowed a mistake. Still like his column but I am a bit surprised.
You are right in one respect. My first responsibility and loyalty is to my family and children. Not to yours, nor the community, nor to a school. All those things stand in line behind my family.
Sorry if you think that is somehow being irresponsible or disloyal to you.
Neither is it turning my back on others or being insensitive to their sufferings.
It is just a matter of priority and my responsibilities as a father and husband.
It is up to other those kids parents to make sure they don't grow up to be ignorant, frustrated and swarm the streets in violent mob protests. My responsibility is to make sure mine don't.
Domestic spying? Classy classy.
What's a right against search and seizure? And warrants, what are those?
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You're right. It's crazy to help children who can't help themselves. Loyalty? Community? Family? That is so 1950's of me. I need to get with these "shake the haters off" times and learn to ignore the suffering of children like a modern man.
Those kids aren't going to grow up ignorant and frustrated and swarm the streets in violent mob protests when they grow up. Now that would be crazy.
If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?
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I guess you are right, I am the only one who has no idea what you are talking about.
Unless you are saying that, somehow, people don't have the right to move their residence for whatever purpose seems best for them, and whenever it seems best for them. And if they do, it constitutes a betrayal of their neighbors.
Which seems crazy to me.
So far the city is still trying to work with the receiver...with little success to find a new owner to potentially renovate the property. Tulane could possibly be salvaged but it's highly doubtful that Warren could in my opinion. The property is too far gone and it's location on a dead end cove before an interstate overpass makes it difficult.
Looks like you seem to know exactly what I'm talking about, even though you're trying to make it look like I blame the government for the defunding of the school system.
I don't. I blame the individuals who sold their homes for pennies on the dollar and turned their backs on the land they grew up on. Those cheap sales drove overall prices down , robbing their once friends and neighbors of decades of accrued equity with a final stab in the back. This also decimated the property tax base, which was no accident.
Christ once said "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's" when speaking of taxes. You have to wonder what smaller master those who refuse to pay their fair share to help children serve.
That being said, you're not wrong about how schools are state-funded (or not) : http://wreg.com/2015/08/31/shelby-county-s…
Davidson and Hamilton counties are also joining in this suit, apparently. The State of TN (read, Nashville) has been intentionally stiffing us for quite some time.
I don't blame a grand state conspiracy though; this is a matter of personal responsibility. I blame individual turncoats, with names and faces I remember and still have contempt for.
Look at the gentrification in midtown and tell me money can't fight back and win when it wants to. These neighborhoods didn't have to fall into decline; if people had stuck to their guns and fought back against blight they could have won. Instead blight was allowed to grow like an ignored cancer in the hopes it would drive even more people out to the wasted farmland the banks stole from Dust Bowl farmers and turned them into profitable suburbs.
The market bubble created by this wave of new home construction, and the pie in the sky loans that enabled it, you may remember, was partially responsible for the economic collapse of 2008. So they didn't just betray their parents, neighborhoods, and children. They betrayed the entire United States economy.
But hey, I got all this vitriole for no reason.
Maybe she's being affected by Colony Collapse Disorder.
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I guess the most disappointing thing about having Ms. Fullilove make these kind of public statements all the time, is that her confabulations and prevarications might accidentally be mistaken for the wisdom of a respected elder by young people, or by those who don't know her history.
The truth is though, that her whole brand is built on identity politics, and trying to herd people into political action, by conjuring up the specter of an evil that is over 50 years past.
People who do that are not serving social justice now, in 2016. All they are doing, is trying to remain relevant, in a new world, with different and more subtle barriers to justice and equality for all people. In doing so, she turns the media's attention away from our real, present 21st Century concerns, in order to have more time in the limelight for herself.
It's sad. And selfish. She should stop.
Christian charity is for ex-gays and self-loathing gays who profess their sinfulness. Out and proud gays get Christian resistance.
Who doesn't know that? Who doesn't expect that? And nobody is owed a million dollars for exposure to ideological conflict.
There's a substantial difference between looking at history to understand past social injustices, and using it as an excuse or crutch to cynically give up on trying to improve things. Every day you get up in the morning, you have an opportunity to change your world for the better. There are people in Memphis who can see that, and who have put substantial effort into making their world better. This is as true at REHS as it is in many places.
If you don't think things can get better, you have surrendered before you have even started to fight. That's the definition of a loser. If you think you can do nothing but lose, you are most certainly going to live out that self-fulfilling prophesy.
Logic dictates a different approach.
Every new school year, a whole new crop of faces shows up at class at REHS. If we can look at them with new eyes, and expect them to perform, and expect them to excel, then there are a certain number of them who are going to do it, by golly.
Tell me what happens when we just write them off. You know the answer to that too.
You also might need to be aware that all funding for schools at the county level is mandated by state law. That tax money goes into the county's Educational Fund and expenditures from that fund are released , on a per student basis, only to the Local Educational Agencies operating in that county. Those monies cannot be used for any other purpose, including turning farms into low cost suburbs.
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