Maybe someone can answer this for me...OTP?
I'm new to the mid-south and, dare I say, I'm a suburbanite. I see folks have opposed the consolidation, which is understandable, but at this point in time, would it really matter if they did consolidate. We still live in the burbs, have city borders, our own police departments, mayor and alderman, and city staff. Would it really affect our day to day activities?
In actuality, I think Arlington is the only suburb which doesn't have a police department, but from what I understand they opted not to start one yet because the Sheriff's Patrol Division dispatches out of the Town of Arlington. I'm sure that would change if consolidation did take place.
Anyway, back to my question. Why do we care? Consolidation usually makes things more efficient; usually through the elimination of useless jobs. I'm not sure Memphians understand that point yet; that consolidation means the elimination of gov't jobs, but that's not for me to worry about.
I'm all for voting against it just for the sole purpose of frustrating them, but I'm not sure it would matter. The current CCs and Memphis City Council all lean to the left, so not much would change. Heck, maybe it would clean that pit up. After all, the burbs rely on their big city to thrive; something we have not been so fortunate to have like others (Nashville, eh?).
Anyway, just wondering.
And by the way numbskull (OTP), we will not the the majority in 2050...or even 2100 for that matter. In fact, our population won't even rise by more than 1 percent by 2050. Hispanics and Asians growth will far exceed AAs. The white population will be the minority, but not to us. I hope your research on the school issues isn't as shoddy as your "crack"-staff research on demographics.
I'm confused OTP, in one post (your second to last) you sounded like you wanted to work together. In the most recent, you go back to trying to stir folks up. So, which is it?
I saw some comments on the blog about racism and the south. I'm not trying to appeal to ANY RACE, person, or group on this blog, but rather tell it like I see it. I moved here two years ago (not by choice, for temp job) and have taken time to see how it is all working down here. This is, BY FAR, the most touchy, sensitive, racist (both ways), and uncooperative area in which I have EVER lived. I'm not saying that too degrade what is here or those of you whom have called this home your entire life. I'm not even saying I want to move (...again), rather I'm just telling you all like I see it. The pressure is so intense with the issues that it seems impossible to get things done.
I know many of you like to post comments to get others stirred up (...OTP), but the Memphis regions will never have an environment conducive to actually accomplishing something for the good of all. In one regard, I like these forums because, agree or disagree, at least people are discussing issues....rather than only discussing "issues" within our own circles (which doesn't accomplish anything). However, on the other hand, some of you (OTP) just continue to remind others why they want to push away from each other.
OTP, I'm black. You know that. I've told you before that I can only hope the folks from the burbs don't think you represent ALL folks from Memphis. You are a small majority. You are just trying to bait people. You're the same chicken sh%t that will stop posting once he doesn't see things go his way. You threaten this "black movement" and "we will the the majority", "we will take you over" attitude. Why would you say that to these people? What good are you doing?
The good thing is, OTP, as I said before, your day is dead. We have all moved on. You are the last guy left at the rally when everyone else went home realizing there is a better way. The bad thing is you have kids. There ain't no hope for them, but maybe there will be for others.
Quit trying to start a race war with these folks. Numbers aren't everything. Remember, China may be four times our size, but we could wipe them off the face of the earth with our might. I'm black and I'm telling you that, so quit pissing off the white folks. Why not argue with them about WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER and HOW WE WANT TO BE BETTER, rather than we will always chase your tails like a little kid at recess.
Again, this goes back to race with you, otp, rather than the style of life in which one wishes to live. One gravitates towards a community based on a common sharing of beliefs and values. That's how communities are formed, not because of race. Why do you always revert back to this "race, future, and majority" argument?
Also, are you so simple minded that you believe because one race or another will be a majority that it will effect every city, county, and state? For real? Sure, maybe Memphis. But just as you think follks are exagerating when they say they will leave shelby county, are you not reaching when you say because there will be a slight majority in 2050 things will be changing?
Either way, you have no substantive arguments to offer this forum. You have only proven yourself to be an instigator. One who goes "quiet" when decisions don't go his way.
I hope your kids and grandkids enjoy Memphis because that's as far as they will go. If they are anything like a chip off the ole' block, they won't be able to assimilate to society. My guess is you already know this, which is why you are working so hard to defend such skewed logic. Your desparation is loud and clear.
Enjoy your time "fighting the old fight". The rest of us, black/white/hispanic, will work together to make this a better place. One in which we build communities in which persons, regardless of race or religion, can live with those who share our values. You do not fit in that community, in fact I'm certain your community is "shrinking" based on the lack of folks whom share your bias on these blogs. And that is reassuring to me!
Leeches stick to something when it tries to get away. But you call the burbs leeches? I think you have it backwards, clegg. Remember, we are trying to get away. You are trying to attach yourselves to us.
What grove said is accurate. Although we may not live long enought to see it, our kids will live 30 years from now in a populous Oakland or Piperton. You guys keep pushing, but eventually you will run out of room. You won't be able to bother those in fayette county.
I'm a bit confused about your comments pertaining to Rev. Whalum.
When you say he played in "illegal poker games", you mean he dared play in a game where the house took a rake to buy food?? How dare he.
Another thought comes to mind: if you use this for evidence as to why he owns such a "reputation" , then why should we trust what you say....since you were playing "across" from him?
OTP, if you are sooo connected, please tell me you have been privy to discussions about amending Norris-Todd to allow Memphis also have a muni district.
Please cut and paste the link below. This man knows what he is talking about....1 minute clip from one of Memphis' own telling Memphis to GROW UP.
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