Nope. No guilt here. Just a last ditch effort to see if anyone in Memphis can give me a logical reason for why they want the USD, that has nothing to do with race or revenge. You have proven my point, and strengthened my resolve, for sure. Um....who is 'we' that you speak of? You give me a chuckle. You start out speaking for the rest of Memphis, then end of trying to speak for me. You do know that my family is not the lily white suburbia family that you speak of, right? I think some people think that most of Memphis think like you, and I think those like you would like to make it seem as if that was the case. But it's not....just the loudest, and only sometimes. The others who don't have some strange, narcissistic vendetta--They are just living their day to day lives, trying to keep their head above water like the rest of us. They will vote based on facts, just like we will. A few minority as yourself will keep voting in the same way that keeps you in your quagmire of pity and distress, angry and ranting if things don't go 'your' way, taunting and gloating if things do go 'your' way. What you fail to realize, OTP, most of us are making our own way, no matter what the outcome. It is, after all, all about what we make it in this life. That's why it will all be good.
So....no comment on your feelings about how this is going to benefit the children in 'city' and 'suburb'? The lack of answers for these questions is disturbing to me. What's more disturbing is those that will vote for the USD without having answers as to why this is best for the kiddos, or anyone for that matter. Ah, well. To each his own, but for those that holler 'racism' at the suburbanites, think again. It's answers just like this (or lack, thereof) that are keeping the 'suburbanites' (black, white, tan, other) from being on board with this. I'm sincere in wanting to hear the reasoning from 'the other side'. My two best friends live in Memphis, one is a for the USD, the other against. The only reasoning I'm getting for the one that is for the USD is they want Kriner Cash gone. Other than that, they see no benefit to anyone.
Feeling very positive about tomorrow. Either way it comes out, we will make it work for the best of our children (both Memphis and the Municipal families, for those that feel singled out by leaving the comment as is).
OTP-hi, friend! So glad to see you on here. Have you given any thought towards answers so we will know, for sure, how to vote when the time comes? If there is anything positive to come from the USD for the children, we want to know specifics. Feel free to post on the other thread in which we discussed this.
OTP? No answers today?
So, just to make a point, I haven't heard any answers from OTP regarding my questions as to why he feels a unified school system will be a good thing. It's the lack of specific answers to specific questions such as these that is keeping me from voting for the unified school system. I'm sure not going to vote on *anything* for which I do not have all the facts and answers.
By the way, OTP, I want to address (only briefly) about you asking if I was implying that Memphis isn't interested in educating their children. I am sorry you took it that way, but please understand that is not what is meant at all. I could say that, in the past, you insinuate certain things about "suburbanites" and the way it could be construed when you call us that. However, I would not want the responsibility of reading into everything people said for a deeper meaning. I try my hardest to take people at face value for what they say, and have tried to teach that to my children. If we tried to find meaning or implications in what people are not saying, we would drive ourselves crazy! Do you think, perhaps, that this fuels a lot of what some construe as racism-reading into what people are not saying, or looking for double meanings? Most people, it seems to me, or just trying to get through the day, and don't wake up with hate on their heart out to hurt. Not saying racism doesn't exist, because it does. I can give you many, many examples of white on white racism, black on black racism, white on black racism, black on white racism, hispanic, black, middle eastern, etc. etc. etc. Plenty of it exists. However, my obligation is to be responsible FOR/TO myself, responsible TO others, not FOR others, and to take them at face value. I cannot judge them for their intent until I know them, personally, not based on race or culture. Broad generalizations and statements are dangerous.
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