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Re: “Memphis Podcasts Are Finding Their Tribes

Don't forget Creative Memphis Podcast! They've been churning out content before most of these others were in existence.

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Posted by Memph on 07/06/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

There is already a disparity of respect amongst AA's themselves. It becomes all the more compounded when they're in positions of power, especially politically/municipally. That's why cities with black mayors often have the highest crime rates.

Say what you will about the social climate of the day, but in the 50s/60s, when Memphis was continuously lauded for being one of the greenest/cleanest and safest cities in the country, the AA population was more or less the same as today. Did they wait until the 90s to start behaving differently?

This is the problem with honest social assessment; Seldom can we look at the facts of what works without it becoming a moral/race issue?

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Posted by Memph on 03/02/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Carnita Atwater's Hidden History

[The driving force behind Atwater's museum boils down to one belief: "We haven't taught our history," she says. Atwater argues that schools Shelby County Schools in particular do not teach Black history in its entirety.]


["What do I mean by that? Look around. It's Black History Month in Memphis, Tennessee, and it's like a ghost town. You aren't hearing anything about events or commemorations on TV. "]

[laughs] Have you read the papers or turned on the t.v. this week?

[So here we go again, committing the same sins of the past. Once you do not acknowledge the African-American people, then you make them obsolete."]

Wtf is that supposed to mean?

["They didn't tell me about the lynchings, they didn't tell me about the rapes, and they didn't tell me about the amount of hatred placed upon African Americans," she says. "I think, in a way, they wanted to preserve my innocence as a child."]


["I have to give the Jewish communities credit, because they teach their children the complete history of their people at a very early age," she notes. "That's what missing in the African-American community and in the United States. How are we going to rectify this? There's no simple answer. But you cannot tell the history of the African American without talking about the suffering."]

Maybe because the Jews, arguably the most persecuted people in history, acknowledged their
past, moved on..and became some of the most prosperous people in history. Therein lies the difference. The black community is still harping on their past, wallering in victimhood...still stuck on stupid.

[In her view, Black Americans in Memphis at least are not yet free. "We spent $250 million on Bass Pro, and right down the street in North Memphis, you have senior citizens barely keeping up with their taxes and eating cat food, because that's all they have. That's not equality, and this life in Memphis is no joke."]


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Posted by Memph on 02/16/2017 at 7:56 PM


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