No offense to anyone on this thread, but I'm really tired of the munis being accused of creating an all white school district. It's completely impossible for this to happen. Currently, only one high school in the county is majority white. The rest are extremely diverse. This can be verified on the SCS website.
Also the munis aren't just going to put out students who live outside their city limits that already attend a certain school. Most of them will have room for more than their population, creating open school districts. Meaning students who live outside the munis district limits can attend a school if there is room in that school.
Another point is the SCUSD won't truly be any more diverse than they currently are unless they begin bussing students--which is illegal. Students will continue to attend their local school neighborhood school. The only way to stop this to carve up the county into oddball, unusual sized chunks where kids will end up spending an hour and a half a day on a school bus. Honestly, I don't put that past the BOE. But, what's wrong with the munis carving up the county just as they will?
I love when people think they are smarter than I am. Those are the ones I can play mind games with--much like I do on the CA comment boards (you know me there as someone else). People like that are very easy to trip up, you generally have to type really slow in order for them to understand what you're saying. ;) I find people like him don't usually like people like me who tell them the cut and dried truth and call their bluff.
Mike Ritz is a legend in his own mind. He's power drunk and his ego is as large as his pants size. He just wants to be King of Shelby County. He can run as an independent, but I don't think he's going to get the type of support he thinks. I also don't understand why he thinks county taxpayers are the only ones angry about the latest tax increase threat. Residents inside the city of Memphis are not exempt from this upcoming tax increase. It's going to hit everyone hard.
Why he doesn't switch from the Republican to the Democratic party is beyond me. He talks like a Democrat, votes like a Democrat, so therefore he must be a Democrat. He may look like an elephant, but he's really just a donkey.
My Dear Old Time Player. I understand that America and the South itself was built on the backs of the sharecropper--which were majority African American, while the wealthy white's took advantage of these individuals. Although I didn't grow up here, I did grow up in the south, and I am well versed in the plight of black man.
I am also well versed in the role Affirmative Action played in the 1970's placing unqualified, and ill-equipped individuals into supervising positions just to make numbers look pretty on paper.
As for fortune 400 or 500 corporations making promotion decisions, I honestly believe they look beyond the color of a person's skin when handing out keys to the executive washroom. I believe they look for qualified candidates. You seem adept at quoting statistics, but I would like to know what are the stats on the African American in this city who are qualified candidates (not just college degree holders) for the job positions these companies had open relative to the number of positions they filled. They want qualified individuals, not just quota fillers that seem appropriate for you.
As for Wells Fargo, what they did was reprehensible. No one should be preyed on like they did those individuals. What should make you even more angry is when one of your own turns into the vulture you accuse the white man of being.
We not only have two entirely different ways of thinking, but I'm guessing we were raised in two distinctly different generations. My friends, whom happen to be African American, don't want these affirmative favors. They don't see the world the way you do. They are hard working and want to be viewed according to their own merits. It would be an insult to them to acquire a job so a company could meet a quota.
Now, I have one more comment and I have nothing more to say to you, Old Time Player. One thing you should not forget. You, yourself have benefited from all of this also. You live in this city, in most likely a nice home. You have the freedom to speak out, protest, and complain without any fear of repercussion. You live in a thriving city that has corporate headquarters like AutoZone to fund baseball parks that bring in tourist. Every time a new corporate headquarters moves in it benefits us all--even you, and that's whether they promote, or even hire any African Americans. That's a fact that you can't play innocent and ignore.
And I hate to break it to you, my people didn't get a 200 year head start on yours. I came from poor immigrants, and my great-granddaddy refused to join the klan. He thought they were stupid.
Looks like Myron pulled another fast one. Seems he learned a lot under Slick Willie's tutelage. He helped forced MCS onto the county, now he's renaming parks just before legislation gets passed. His days are numbered though, he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and someone will outsmart him. I just hope I'm around to watch.
When Harris said, "This is the New South," was he referring to reverse discrimination? Because frankly, that's what I see happening in this city. I wasn't raised here, and I worked hard to teach my children to be colorblind. They were--until we moved here.
Many of the black leaders in the area think I'm supposed to apologize for all the errors and misgivings from MLK back. Things that happened before I was born.
This is the 21st century. We are all people. We breathe the same air, walk the same streets, sit in the same diners, ride the same buses, and our kids attend the same schools. Why must we carry the baggage and burdens of those long dead?
Why should we care who our ancestors named parks after?
History is history, like it or not even if you change the name of a park, it still happened. Every single ugly fact. This city bears those scars and we shouldn't forget where we came from, or what we've been through, lest we find ourselves repeating that vicious cycle.
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