I'm going to try to add an objective comment based on living in Memphis, from 1993 to almost 1998. I lived in Hickory Hill and then downtown. I really loved certain parts of Memphis, I developed a love of the blues and barbecue while I was there. I've become pretty good at cooking ribs and I love them. I really want to come back and visit. I have been back a few times for Louisville Football Liberty Bowl games. I now live in Louisville as my family is from Kentucky. There is a huge difference in race relations between here and there. All Louisville public schools are integrated and kids are bussed to different schools based on assignment. Louisville has fought to keep this and has won. Some have challenged but the bussing has continued. Louisville's population make up is not the same but is about 30% black, so there is a significant black population here. Anyway, the only thing I can say is based on living there for 5 years and then here for 15 that things are significantly better here between all races. I have no empirical evidence, no studies, just observation. People here just walk around like people, not black people or white people. They go to school together, they play basketball together, they work together and they root for UofL together. What is considered our "worst" part of town is like Disneyland compared to many areas in Memphis. I liked Memphis, Memphis has some good culture but there is no way I would move back there compared to other places I've lived (including Nashville).
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