Sorry, meant President Reagan in my first post.
Good stuff Troy, but I do wonder how long African-Americans have to play the game, or rather scene in Casablanca, "I'm shocked that there is racism in America." During the Reagon and Bush 1 eras, they specifically made it harder to prove racial discrimination in the workplace and even if you have a good case they stacked the lower courts with judges who believe that you have to bring the noose and sheet in court to prove that there is a Klan.
I want to live at least in a community where there is less crime, great schools, respectful neighbors--not a place called the "hood," and I can eat dinner without getting shot or not getting robbed in my driveway. I am an African-American man that thinks we have spent far too much time asking white folks to respect us as human beings. If being spat upon, being beaten to a pulp, the teeth of German Shepards breaking our skin, lynchings, rape, police brutality isn't enough to show the good white folks how much we love them then I seriously doubt that anything would. That is the short history of our relationship with White America.
White folks spend far less time on racial reconciliation than we do and have much more economic wealth, better schools, better health outcomes, better communities by and large, less crime and there is no such thing as a "food desert" in the middle class and above majority white communities. Sure, there are good white folks in this world. The problem is that there aren't, or weren't enough, standing up to counter the bad ones that didn't just leave us alone to seek the American Dream. How long will it take African-Americans to figure it out? Frankly, while Donald Trump is an indication that there is little hope to reach the goal of racial reconciliation, the eight years of Barack Obama is an ABSOLUTE testament of its folly.
You can't change the hearts and/or minds of any human being. They and they only have that power. Africa-America should take that to the bank, deposit it, while the interest you should collect is in yourselves. That is an investment with a selfish return as most investments are but it is also an investment in your children and hope. Most human beings are able to put up with the crap of life because they are working for a better tomorrow for their children.
The only thing worse than failure is not admitting that you've failed, because until you do you may never work towards winning and victory. This attempt to spend time on racial reconciliation has failed by White folks, if it were ever attempted in the first place. Why are African-American trying to reconcile? For what? For allowing ourselves to be abused in a racist society?
The victory looks like safe communities, less crime and violence in those communites, clean, healthy, businesses, competitive schools and a classic sense of what a neighborhood is--and feels like naturally--rather than something called the "hood."
Other cities having to spend millions to de-urbanize their riverfronts, while the some want to spend millions to do the opposite.
If there's one thing Friends for Our Riverfront can be proud of, it's that it kept the city from spending $300+ million doing the opposite of what smart cities do.
You may not have understood - Friends for Our Riverfront is for revitalizing that public promenade, not leaving it the way it is. All that deferred maintenance and improper use of the land is not their doing.
They're just trying to save the land to become a wonderful connecting link in a system of parks along a spectacular riverfront. That's actually what most cities worldwide are doing, but in many cases the cities are having to buy the land and restore brownfields to reach that end. Here, if we keep it a public promenade/public commons, it belongs to the citizens.
If someone wants to build a hotel, there's plenty of private land nearby they can buy.
Wow, Susan, loved that!
Brichy Brichy, hold on, 2 more days before med re-fill.
Owned by Wall Street?
Is there anyone that isnt? Do you, or anyone have independence from value? Transaction fees? Anyone?
Jen Clarke knocked it out of the park with this article, and I might have skipped over it in my Twitter feed were it not for the infamous "Gibson Donuts" sign every Memphian can appreciate.
I'll be more careful next time, thanks for making my day!
If you give a mouse a cookie.
IMHO your best - and most powerful - rant ever. Thanks, Sput.
I'm quite sure cars that are bought and sold in Memphis don't have turn signals.
As for Beavers, is it any wonder someone with a name like that would be obsessed about sex.
Turn signals are a communist conspiracy put in place years ago by the government, in order to control people in the free exercise of their vehicles. I say keep them guessing! Either don't use them, or use them all the time. That way they won't know what you're about to do.
What are turn signals?
"requires all license plates to bear the language 'In God We Trust'."
So I don't have to bother with turn signals, it's all taken care of.
Here it is: a fine reminder of the many talented people and organizations that make living in Memphis worthwhile during difficult times.
Kudos to the Flyer for giving Mr. Wiggins the space to remind us all.
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I'd go with pretending.
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