Great news from Memphis -- the City has renamed three city parks previously samed for the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, and the founder of the KKK, Nathan Bedford Forrest.One hundred and fifty years after the end of the South's war to preserve slavery (read their secession proclamations before you tell me it was about the politically correct "states rights" issue) there is finally some sign that it is counterproductive to national unity and growth to continue to honor what, in any other time, would have been termed treason.The downside is that what prompted Memphis to finally take this stand was a law passed in Nashville, the state capitol, which, when it took effect, what have taken away the City's right to name its municipal possessions and services.I hope other cities, counties and states will follow Memphis' lead. Because it has to come from the South. I remember once visiting the impressive and grand Texas Capitol building in Austin -- a great experience, marred by a walk amongst the monumemts strewing the grounds, dedicated to what the raisers of the monuments viewed as heroic Texans of the past. Many Confederate monuments, to brigades/regiments who had fought and sacrificed and military leaders like John Bell Hood. The language of the monuments, honoring their standing up for liberty, against tyranny, etc. was a shock and an embarassment. And I wondered how other great Texans, like Barbara Jordan, who worked for a decade or more as a legislator, must have felt going to work every day and walking past monuments honoring people who gace their lives so her ancestors could remain slaves.So, regardless of the freason they did it, hail Memphis!
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