Some of these comments are so very, very discouraging. As a college student, I had hope that the world (and especially the city of Memphis) was turning away from its racist past. It is my hope that people in my generation will, if they haven't already, learn to see past someone's skin color. I'm pretty sure every single person who has said something negative about another race knows that every race, ethnicity, and religion has people who commit crimes. No one is immune to having some kind of "tainted" individual.
Yes, it was wrong for 500 teens to be in one area unsupervised. Yes, some of the teens were probably engaging in illegal activities. Let us look at what we can agree on with this issue and work towards correcting it so it doesn't happen in the future.
I don't live in Memphis right now, but it is my hope that someday I can return to my hometown and find less racism and hate. Unfortunately, posts like some of these make me sad about the future of the Bluff City.
Parents, become more involved. Love your children.
By Micaela Watts
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