Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

by (RSS) Civil Rights, Economic Development, Poverty | January 14th, 2019 8:30am CDT | 1 Comment

            We are posting resolutions, commentaries, and predictions by Memphians about the coming year. Darrell Cobbins, President/Principal Broker at Universal Commercial Real Estate, LLC” “EQUITY AS OUR EQUALIZER” As we prepare for Memphis’ Bicentennial celebration this year, I am confident we will laud ourselves for all of the progress we […]

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In our last post, we began our list of 10 decisions that made us into who we are today. In that post, we listed three factors (these 10 are in no particular order): * Shelby County Encourages Middle Income Families to Leave Memphis * No Commitment to Planning * Ignoring the Need for Equity Today, […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Leadership | April 10th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

                So, now what? We’ve been waiting for years for this past week to come, and now it’s in the rear view mirror. So, the question before us is what we’re going to make of it: congratulate ourselves for some impressive ceremonies and events, proudly post the selfies […]

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                One of our favorite aphorisms is “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it gets.” Memphis is just such a system, and that’s why it’s surprising when the news media and others are stunned when a new study or ranking is released that shows […]

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                  Few phrases are more overused today than “defining event,” but it’s never as accurate as when Boomers look back at the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was as large an influence on many of us as our own families. His words […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | April 2nd, 2018 8:28am CDT | 2 Comments

The meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Memphis Invaders is a footnote in the history of the civil rights giant’s time in Memphis, but it says volumes about him. Dr. King sent word that he wanted the meeting following his Memphis Sanitation Strike march on March 28, 1968, that turned into a […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Uncategorized | March 28th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

              As we approach the commemoration ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there’s never been a better time to redouble our commitment to ending second class citizenship for any American, and that particularly applies to our LGBT friends, families, and fellow […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | February 19th, 2018 7:30am CDT | Comments Off on U.S. Representatives Attack Americans With Disabilities Act

                      Sometimes the cruelty in an action of the U.S. House of Representatives shocks even those of us who have low expectations for its enlightened leadership. On the same day that they could have stepped forward to advocate for responsible gun laws or to insist […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Trends and Issues | November 28th, 2017 7:38am CDT | 3 Comments

        Trying to absorb the latest mindless presidential attack on the First Amendment and the media outlets that don’t genuflect to him, it seemed a good day yesterday for a little therapy. So, we watched Spotlight, the film about the Boston Globe’s expose of the scandal of child molestation by Catholic priests […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | November 1st, 2017 12:42pm CDT | 2 Comments

In light of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s recitation of neo-Confederate mythology about Robert E. Lee and the cause of Civil War, we’re posting an  article we wrote for MLK50.com about how the Myth of the Lost Cause – from which Mr. Kelly drew his mangled understanding of history – played out in Memphis.  […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights, Politics and Government | October 16th, 2017 6:00am CDT | Comments Off on Letter To TN Historical Commission: An Unjust Law Is No Law At All

                  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 | 51 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 | 6 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 | Comments Off on Fighting Poverty and Blinding Justice At The Same Time

                    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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