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    You do not teach history by glorifying slave traders, leaders of the KKK and such. History belongs in History books when that history is of abhorrent behavior. Naming a park after Forrest is little different than naming a park after Hitler.
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    @jessejaymes You have your heroes and I have mine. MLK and Obama doesn't make my list. OTOH, Forrest and Davis are right there at the top.
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    These people fought for what they believed and they where Americans. Slavery is wrong, no doubt about that. They wanted states rights. They didn't want to be controlled by a man in washington dc. Just like Americans didn't want to be controlled by a king in England. The confederate soldiers deserve our respect and honor. I hope the state steps in and changes the names back. The people of Tennessee should be able to honor there ancestors with these parks. People in my family fought for the union and some fought for the south. I don't honor one anymore than the other.
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    "These people fought for what they believed and they were Americans."
    Not really. That's what they were fighting for -- to NOT be Americans. Or U.S. citizens.
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    The Civil War is the wound that never heals, as is obvious in these comments -- many of which are deeply offensive. But we can't stop trying to erase the misguided glorification of enablers of slavery, the great stain on our nation's honor. Eventually, our children or perhaps their children will look back on this era and shake their heads at the willful ignorance and racism that continue to hold back social and economic progress. Kudos to Memphis for confronting this delicate but compelling issue, and may many other public officials across the south follow suit.
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    I wish the South had won that war. If we had, then we wouldn't be having all of these problems that we are having now. Oh well. There's always today and tomorrow.
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    @Dan_Tien A lot better than what we have now. I know we wouldn't have trash like Obama as President. For sure!
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    Naming a park after the Confederacy does not relive history. It honors the past. That is exactly what is is, the past. Are they going to rename MLK Blvd?? I doubt it. But it's OK to wipe out southern heritage?? I don't think so. You can't erase the past by renaming it. And I don't have to be politically correct. That being said, I don't owe anyone a bloody thing. Put the names back the way they were
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    It has been a mere 148 years since the Civil War ended. Nice to see somebody has finally recognised that slavery is not a "good thing".
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    HAHAHA! Rewrite history much?

    1) the capital city of the U.S. is named for a man who was one of the largest holders of black slaves in his day, a man who was matter-of-factly White racist, White separatist, and White supremacist, and who signed into law the restriction of U.S. naturalization to White people;

    2) his name is shorthand for the national government of the United States;

    3) there are fairly conspicuous monuments to both Washington and Jefferson, men who bought and traded black slaves the way you might buy and sell horses;

    4) there is a rather conspicuous monument to Lincoln, a man who, of course, made no effort to hide his own White supremacist and White separatist beliefs, and who worked to effect the removal of blacks from the United States up until his assassination. He only freed the slaves to foster a slave insurrection in the south. In reality, Lincoln and the next four presidents had policies on the books to attempt to deport blacks back to Africa but was thwarted, not by liberal carpetbaggers/republicans in the North, but in fact SOUTHERN conservative Democrats in attempts to beef up the population numbers so they could win more seats in the Congress.

    The point of my history lesson is the city of Memphis has far worse problems than the name of three parks.
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    I think it would be politically correct if we had a Confederate history month very much akin to Black History month.Maybe we could also get reperations from the Union Army that burned our homes and crops.Wouldnt that be fair?
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    Maybe we could just call it "Traitor Month". We could speak of the CSA right alongside Benedict Arnold, Cold War Spies, and American members of the Taliban. Don't want your home and crops treating like kindling? Don't commit treason.

    Open a history book. Look at the vast majority mentioned. Do you see one thing they have in common? That's right, they are mostly white people. That's the reason why we have black history month and not white history month. Every month is white history month. If we started teaching our kids about the contributions of black people to history we wouldn't need a month designated for it.
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    When I lived in Memphis in the 1970s it bothered me no end that defeated Confederates had public spaces honoring their memories but the city couldn't find the funds or the gumption to restore the statue of W. C. Handy.
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    @DARSB I didn't see Memphis in the 70s but I have seen what it looks like now. I would definitely bet the crime rate is higher now.
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    It should be Nathan Bedford the Grand Wizard Park. Hahahahaha why call themselves Grand Wizards if they wanted to be taken seriously.
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    I am a Chicago native living in Memphis since 2005. A few weeks ago (Easter weekend) there was a Klan rally held downtown in protest to the renaming of these 3 parks. Police presence was at an all time high. Local news reports said law enforcement coverage was comprised of city, state, and county departments from TN as well as from neighboring states (Memphis is bordered by Arkansas and Mississippi and is a short distance from Alabama). News reports also stated it'd be several weeks before a total cost/tally for the use of all the different agencies could be determined. Currently, the city of Memphis is responsible for that bill but is looking into (future) billing of orgs that hold rallys requiring police security. Plus, the Klan's presence really hurt Saturday'downtown and Beale Street business. The rally was uneventful, though, with only 1 arrest of a MI man for disorderly conduct. The last Klan rally held in Memphis was 1998; 2000 people were arrested. BTW, I'm all for changing the park names.
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    This is about a reverse racism as it gets. So I guess that every white named park, building, etc will be renamed when African American politicians see fit. I guess Obama will replace Jefferson our currency since he owned slaves.
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    Does this activist even live there? These parks have been there all this time and it never stop anybody from going there. Won't be long before we have no American history to remember because of some meddler stirring the pot.
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    That mean we can change the names of roads and streets...really why do u need 6 streets in one place with the same name...
  • #237
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    And we should deny the holocaust and manifest destiny and slavery? Teach history and hope we get better as a human race in judging what is right.
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