I too saw the heading of this column, clicked on it knowing I would probably agree on every point, until I read it. The other day on McLean and Madison, I was passed by a green busload of grown men, wearing masks and dressed like bugs. My eyes rolled so far around I could see Circke K behind me. Carnival is silly. Silly entertainment for those of us that like to roll our eyes at them when they pass by, or pose in that silly society page crap they keep perpetuating. All of the other stuff you said, well, that's just silly too. Memphis, and society as a whole, is constantly joining and forming groups. Frats, sororities, gangs, clubs, etc. Most people don't join because they don't want to. I don't know many grown men who want to dress up like an insect and drive around town, but these clowns do. Speaking as someone who has never felt the urge to belong to exclusive groups with "rituals", and memberships, most of these things serve as comedic entertainment to me. Yes, of course, as always, racism is alive and well in Memphis. Good catch.
I remember that sign, and I'm nowhere near 50 years old. Well, sorta near, I'm 37.
By Chris Shaw
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