Excuse my Memphis, but fuck Pau.
He didnt have enough heart anyway.
I been staying in Fox Meadows/Hickory Hill since 1995. Through reseach,I discovered they use to call it Oakville back in the 60s; I wish it was unity like it use to be back then so I refer to the Southeast as Oakville even now. I have seen the dramatic change in Southeast Memphis. I have had a couple of old friends die on these Oakvile streets. I and countless others(blacks, whites,and hispanics) profiled, harassed, and arrested between Mendenhall and Germantwon Rd.
Despite all these events, I still love Oakville.
I remember the Old Service Merchandise on Winchester and Ridgeway, and the Pier 1 that was across the street. It gives me goosebumps to even mention the undisputable, entertaining, yet eventually crime-stricken Mall of Memphis. Over 5 clubs have been closed down in the last 5 years.
A say all that to say this: Lets try to preserve Oakville; with the black pride from back in the 60s and combine it with the Good Ole Boys system that still peaks its head out every now and then.
And being that hispanics are the most predominant; we should also incorporate, appreciate, and accept the culture that has been plugged into our East Memphis living. If we can come togehter and just respect and identify with each of our accenting cultures; this will transcend into a better behavior to not only our dear 14 square miles of community but Memphis, the South, and the United States as a whole.
By Richard Alley
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