Woodson J Savage III 
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Re: “Culture, Not Costumes

Don't the Indians have bigger and more important issues than a costume?

Indian reservations have been around for 167 years now. There are approximately 326 Indian land areas in the U.S. administered as federal Indian reservations (approximately 56.2 million acres are held in trust by the United States). Why is it we still NEED Indian Reservations in 2018 much less a Bureau of Indian Affairs??? Can you imagine how the NAACP would react to a Bureau of Negro Affairs or if we had a Bureau of Latino Affairs or a Bureau of Caucasian Affairs?

Why can't we treat everyone equally? Why should the Indians be treated differently in the 21st Century? I know we are still wanting to blame Andrew Jackson for the Indian's reservation dilemma but isn't it time we start assimilating everyone into our U.S. society? I don't doubt that many Indian families may still need welfare support and other government aid but why make it unique to Indians only; it should be part of our overall support system. Maybe we need to look a lot deeper than a sexy costume to solve what ills America?

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Posted by Woodson J Savage III on 10/09/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Equally Educated?

Maybe if the Mayor (who also attended a private school) and who is sending his two children to private schools HAD to support the PUBLIC school system for HIS own children ... he might take more interest in the results.

However, 80% of black births in Shelby county are to unwed mothers and 30% are to white unwed mothers. The SYSTEM cannot be responsible for everything! EVEN a single parent should be able to make sure that their KID can read at a 3rd Grade Level (even if HOME SCHOOLED) so I don't put ALL of the blame on the government or the school system!

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Posted by Woodson J Savage III on 01/01/2018 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Gannett Unveils Plan for The Commercial Appeal

The Commercial Appeal contains more Washington Post articles than it does true Memphis focused stories. Also, the political views of the Commercial Appeal are so anti-Trump and anti-conservative that there is no longer any newspaper in Memphis that represents half of the country. Somebody needs to start a newspaper with a more conservative viewpoint that can serve the mid-south area. Only three counties went for Clinton out of 95 in Tennessee and most of north Mississippi and Western Arkansas voted for Trump. Let's have some representation that covers multiple points of view. If you live in Memphis...you already get the "diversity message"! It is obvious from the reorganization actions taken by USA Today that the local staff has no REAL control over the paper anymore.

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Posted by Woodson J Savage III on 03/29/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: ““Hunger Games” at The Commercial Appeal

Both the Memphis Flyer and the Memphis Commercial Appeal should survey their readers/subscribers so they can reflect their true readership...then maybe their circulation figures would not continue to plummet. The Memphis Flyer has the advantage being a "free" weekly publication so they can get by with a "lower threshold of accountability".

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Posted by Woodson J Savage III on 07/28/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Old Times There Are Not Forgotten ...

We need to learn from our history...not change it --
There were only 3,882 blacks in the city of 22,623 in 1860 (17%) but by 1865 the blacks numbered about 16,209 of Memphis’s 27,703 inhabitants (59%). Note that Memphis only had a total population of 8,841 in 1850 but it mushroomed to 40,220 in 1870! In 1905 when the monument was erected, the decision to do so was unanimous by the city government. Of course, they were ALL white. Here is a link to more info about the contributors: http://historic-memphis.com/memphis-historic/forrest-sculpture/forrest-sculpture.html

For the record, over 30,000 people attended the dedication of the monument. Obviously, like the National Civil Rights Museum, the Forrest monument represents a different slice of history … we can learn from both. If we move the statue to Shiloh or elsewhere, then we deprive the people of Memphis from learning about the history of one of its more “famous citizens”. The statue originally cost about $30K or so in 1905 which translates to over $750,000 in today’s money. No one seems to be addressing WHO is going to pay for the removal and transfer of the statue or to where (Elmwood has NOT agreed to accept responsibility and cost of maintaining the statue). Memphis has 167 parks covering over 3,200 acres … certainly 3 parks dedicated to our Southern history is not unreasonable.

Rather than renaming parks and moving statues we might learn from another Memphis example …
A little history lesson … In 1923, Clifford Davis became a city judge in Memphis, serving in this post until 1927. From 1928 until 1940, Davis served as vice mayor and Commissioner of Public Safety. He became a close associate of Memphis political “boss” E. H. Crump. Davis was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and with the direction of Crump he administered a police force that was 70% KKK. He then went on to serve thirteen terms as U.S. House of Representatives from 1940 to 1965!

As of May 2, 2007, the “Clifford Davis Federal Building” is designated the “Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building.” These politicians were smart enough to honor Odell Horton by ADDING his name to the building rather than RENAMING it!

May 03 2007
BILL TO HONOR JUDGE ODELL HORTON BECOMES LAW

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President George Bush has signed into law H.R. 753, legislation to redesignate the Clifford Davis Federal Building in Memphis as the “Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building.” The bill, which was sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Steve Cohen and supported by the entire Tennessee Congressional delegation, passed the House on March 26. Senators Alexander and Corker introduced identical legislation in the Senate.
“I’m pleased the President has signed the legislation renaming the Federal Building in Memphis after both Clifford Davis and Odell Horton,” said Alexander. “Using the names of both men is a symbol of the transition of Memphis and across the South, and Odell Horton was a real pioneer during that time.” “I’m proud the President has signed this bill to honor an American who bravely and honorably served his country as a marine, a judge, and a civil rights pioneer,” said Corker. “Adding Odell Horton’s name to the Clifford Davis Federal Building in Memphis will enshrine his legacy for future generations of Tennesseans and all Americans.” Horton, the first black U.S. District Court judge in Tennessee since Reconstruction, was appointed by President Carter on May 12, 1980 and then served as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee from 1987 through 1993. (Clifford Davis represented the Memphis area in Congress from 1940 through 1965.) After graduating from high school in 1946, Horton enlisted in the Marine Corps, graduated from Morehouse College, and served a second tour of duty in the Marines during the Korean War. After his discharge, he earned a law degree at Howard University. In 1956, he opened his law practice on Beale Street in Memphis, then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, as director of Memphis city hospitals, as a judge on the Shelby County Criminal Court, as President of LeMoyne-Owen College, and as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Judge Horton died on February 22, 2006. ###
P.S. Odell Horton was a native of Bolivar, TN … learn more about Odell Horton here … https://sites.google.com/site/historicbolivartn/gone-but-not-forgotten/odell-horton

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Posted by Woodson J Savage III on 07/23/2015 at 8:58 AM
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