Thank you Mid-Town Brown! Well said!
It cost $125 to rent a tux at Guy's. You can buy one at SteinMart for under $300. It cost on average $300 a year to be a member of a Krewe. If you cannot afford the maximum $700 a year commitment, then you are absolutely right. You shouldn't be involved! On average, I would be hard pressed to say that you are probably budgeting more than that for going out/entertainment expenses on the 52 weekends that are in a year.
It is a shame how farther from reality, or the truth, the writer of this piece could be.
Carnival Memphis is not a celebration of its members' "whiteness", but rather of "commerce, community, and celebration". This year alone Carnival Memphis and its krewes raised over $800,000 for its Carnival Children's Charity Iniative which included such charities as the Emmanuel Episcipal Center, the Neighborhood School, and the United Cerebal Palsy of the Mid South. I am almost certain that if asked, any of those charities would disagree with your statements, as well!
Carnival Memphis and its krewes are open to any person regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status; it truly is a celebration of community.I have been actively involved for two years and in that time have seen several African-American princesses, and members.
Carnival Memphis was started in 1931 as an initiative to build community and spirit when the Mid-South was in the throes of the Great Depression, be they white, black, yellow, green or purple. Three men who had a vision to help the community as a whole had an idea to celebrate the backbone of this region's industry at that time, cotton. Not to relish on the issue of race.
Ignorance is defined as the condition of being uninformed or uneducated, lacking knowledge or information. Times have changed, sir, it's just a shame that ignorance still is prevelant in 2008. Before writing fabrications, one should definately do their homework!
By Louis Goggans
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