Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

                  The Tennessee Historical Commission last Friday denied City of Memphis’ request to remove Confederate memorials honoring a racist past from its parks (while allowing it to seek a legal order that could bypass the commission).  As a result, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the words […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Uncategorized | September 25th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 50 Comments

                It’s a strange phenomenon of our times. There are white people posting comments seething with bigotry who quickly reject any suggestion that they are racist. They are equally quick to say that anyone who challenges them is “playing the race card.” To help these people, here’s a […]

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                                    Two years ago, when most attention was focused on the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in a prominent city park in the center of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences campus, we raised an issue about all the […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | September 1st, 2017 7:30am CDT | 4 Comments

                  I remember sitting as a child in Southern Baptist churches while the preacher said the Bible validated segregation and discrimination of African-Americans and how God was fine with the way things were because he created it this way. I remember sitting in a congregation while the […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Parks and Greening | August 14th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 25 Comments

It was not just that President Donald Trump did not defend this country’s most cherish values and the diversity that lies as a central strength.  It was that when he did speak, he said that we should “cherish our history,” and there’s no way to interpret this except as a an intentional message aimed at […]

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                    In a post last week, I wrote that although there is the widespread attitude that Memphis and Shelby County are the victims of forces beyond their control, current conditions instead result from choices that were made here, some of them many decades ago.  I expanded […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | April 30th, 2017 12:48am CDT | No Comments

                    Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles’ simmering police racism erupted into the open when the police officers who had viciously beaten Rodney King were acquitted. It led to what was called by officialdom as the “LA Riots,” but was known more often as the […]

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              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | November 21st, 2016 12:30am CDT | No Comments

          We were wrong in our concern about the slippery slope of policies created by President-elect Donald Trump. It’s more of an avalanche. Already, there is talk about religious registries, use of torture in violation of the war crimes pacts, reversal of civil rights protections, stop and frisk in African American […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | November 2nd, 2016 12:55am CDT | 1 Comment

The long-awaited film about the Memphis Invaders was shown last night, and anyone alive in Memphis in 1968 remembers the impact that they had during the civil rights movement that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coming to Memphis in support of sanitation workers.  The following post was published March 30, 2008:     […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | October 25th, 2016 12:25am CDT | 3 Comments

                The soon-to-be-ending (mercifully) presidential campaign has been marked with more bizarre events and comments than any in memory, but the strangest thing about it from our perspective is the way a significant percentage of white men consider themselves victims of discrimination and a system stacked against them. […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | October 6th, 2016 12:57am CDT | Comments Off on Children Need Criminal Justice Reform, Too

                  If you care about the children of Memphis and Shelby County, you have to care about criminal justice reform. That’s because no one pays a heavier price for longer sentences and mass incarceration than the youngest people in this community. As we wrote in our post […]

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                    There are many special places and experiences unique to Memphis, but at the top of our list is the National Civil Rights Museum. I was present at the creation, developing the plan for city and county political support and funding and negotiating the contract with […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Downtown Revitalization | September 19th, 2016 12:20am CDT | 1 Comment

                        It was 1986 and the betting on a proposed civil rights museum in Memphis was that it would never be built. It was caught in the snare of racial politics in Memphis, and if it were not for Ned McWherter, the son of […]

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                            The following article was written by a favorite Memphis economist of ours, David Ciscel, former Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of Fogelman School of Business, Dean of the Graduate School, and Senior Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | July 13th, 2016 12:53am CDT | 1 Comment

The following is the condensed sermon from last Sunday by Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.  As usual, he puts the events of recent days into a faith-based context that inspires and enlightens: One day a man asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  He didn’t ask “What is going […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | July 8th, 2016 4:24pm CDT | 3 Comments

                And the cycle begins anew.  Or, maybe, in truth, it never stopped. The toxic stew of guns, racism, injustice, and anger continues to poison America, and we appear to lack the resolve, the political will, and the honesty to confront it directly and courageously. Maybe this time […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Poverty, Taxation | October 1st, 2015 12:42am CDT | Comments Off on “Free Stuff” Comments Free Of The Facts

                  It’s been obvious that some presidential candidates are tone deaf to the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement, but recent comments by Jeb Bush that African Americans are motivated to support Democrats because of the lure of “free stuff” while he is offering them  the […]

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