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Re: “Greensward Parking Now Set to End In 2020

So they're eliminating street parking from North Parkway and Prentiss Place and putting those parking spots on the Greensward... how is this anything but a victory /subsidy for private businesses and major blow to the most utilized public park in the city of Memphis?

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Posted by Count Dracula on 04/13/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Making Memphis History

How about the parks be returned to the public now that the racist statues are gone.

Privatizing land that belongs to the people of Memphis is disgusting.

Parks are a public common that belong to all, not the private aspirations the racist revisionists at the Sons of the Confederacy, the greedy businessmen at the Memphis Zoo, nor the career politicians and real estate speculators of Greenspaces LLC.

Their mission was accomplished -- the statues are gone -- and now instead of trying to acquire more public parks, Greenspaces should be focused on returning the parks to the people of Memphis who've been held hostage by the state of Tennessee, the klan, and "nonprofits" at every turn.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 12/28/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Greenspace, the Group that Bought the Parks, Took the Confederate Statues Down

How about the parks be returned to the public now that the racist statues are gone.

This landgrab/privatization of public land that is taking place isn't OK.

Tbh, if folks wouldve just torn the statues down like they did in North Carolina, this whole mess could've been avoided. Following the law doesn't pay, unless youre Greenspaces LLC/Sons of the Confederacy, in which case you're allowed to privatize public spaces with zero public accountability.

Typical compromising Memphis politics... every step forward must be offset with a step back.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 12/27/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Dog Park Plan Draws Ire of Protestors

I agree it is pretty awful and embarrassing how much money Memphis pours into subsidizing literally hundreds of downtown development projects, but is still the only city its size (at least that I'm aware of) that doesn't have any free homeless shelters and has no money allocated for homeless services.

While Nashville has invested in tiny homes, Oakland has invested in providing restrooms and garbage disposal for its public encampments, and Salt Lake City has invested in Housing First for its homeless citizens, becoming some of the innovators of solving homelessness nationally, Memphis continues to mostly operate as the same socioeconomically segregated shithole its been since the days of Jim Crow.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 04/13/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Members of Congress React to Trump Speech

We have a venture capitalist reality show star as president. His rival in the election was an ex-Walmart CEO/ex-first lady... this entire country is trash.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 03/03/2017 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

Most white people in Memphis are too apathetic or self-absorbed to even acknowledge the glaring racial inequalities in that city, muchless do anything about it, and Memph is a perfect example of this.

Carnita Atwater brought up some important points, and Memph's response was to be dismissive and perpetuate some baseless, anti-Semitic "alternative facts" about Jews being rich and powerful rather than address the very real racial disparities in Memphis.

Jews haven't "moved on", and anti-Semitism certainly hasn't either... in the last two weeks alone, over 60 Jewish Community Centers recieved bomb threats from various white supremacist groups... groups with politics and worldviews that don't differ all that greatly in my experiences from the average middle class white Memphian.

It always is astounding to me that anyone could seriously say "black people are lazy" in a city that literally would never have existed without the unwaged and undercompensated labor of African-Americans.

It isn't that African-Americans are lazy, its that white people in Memphis continue to benefit from the accumulated wealth, power, education, and social capital of previous generations that African-Americans were excluded from and continue to be. It's the real world equivalent of inviting someone to play Monopoly 2/3rds into a game and berating them as "lazy" and "irresponsible" because they can't amass the resources to beat you.

Like the aforementioned game, the material reality of today is rigged by the material history of yesterday, and that is precisely why black history is so important.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 02/24/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Memphis Greenlights Pro-Immigration Protest

This country was literally founded by undocumented immigrants and riotous protesters destroying private property.

Lets call the Pilgrims and the Boston Tea Party what they were.

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Posted by Count Dracula on 02/02/2017 at 5:21 AM

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