UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (44) | Ignore Thread Prev Thread | Prev | Next | Next Thread
Author: JoelCairo Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1954917  
Subject: Memphis ends Confederate Honor Date: 2/8/2013 11:18 AM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 24
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!
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll . Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (44) | Ignore Thread Prev Thread | Prev | Next | Next Thread

Announcements

Post of the Day:
Berkshire Hathaway

Brookfield Asset Management
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement