Fire Tubby Smith tonight! Don't wait another day. This is unacceptable on any level.
Tubby Smith is not a recruiter. This was a bad hire from the beginning. No talent is on the way to help out. It all goes downhill from here.
We will be stuck with this kind of fascism for at least 40 years. I know this because it's happened all before- the Nationalists won power in South Africa in 1948 by the slightest of margins, then rewrote the electoral laws to guarantee they could not be removed from power. The non-white opposition decided to resort to violence and armed struggle. The white opposition, horrified and frightened, made common cause with the Nationalists and ceased to be an opposition at all. Ultimately, the only thing that overthrew the Nationalists was world outrage, economic sanctions, and the fact that a strong Soviet Union was willing to fund and weapon the armed struggle within South Africa. Times are different now, and there will not be nearly as much external pressure on Trump as there was on Verwoerd, Vorster, Botha or DeKlerk. And ironically, instead of a Soviet Union supporting the Black and Brown opposition, there is a proto-fascist Russia backing the repressive, authoritarian regime in power. We may not get them out of power even in 40 years.
The problem with the "Anti-Establishment" attitude from those of us on the left is that it will ultimately allow a Fascist to take office. And spare me the rhetoric about "a Trump presidency might be what it takes to wake us up", because by the time Mussolini or Hitler was in office, the damage was done, and people woke up but it was too late. Trump is the champion of those who actually believe that white men should have the reigns of power over all women, and over all those who are not white. Nobody is more annoyed at Hillary Clinton than me, but our first agenda must be to stop Fascism. Then we can worry about agitating to move the Democratic Party leftwards.
Understand: What they WANT is to put up "Whites Only" signs. But it's 2016, and Donald Trump hasn't won the election just yet. So they'll settle for closing the street so nobody can get to the park unless they're willing to walk for miles. Typical Memphis....racism has destroyed this metropolitan area.
Council members would do well to understand that no resolution or ordinance is acceptable to us if it allows the zoo to retain control of the Greensward or to run vehicles of any kind through the park
Fire Josh Pastner now!
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