2005/08/14

So, about Saturday …

Saturday will definitely go down in Memphis history as the day that Rev. Al Sharpton came to town in support of an effort to rebury a vintage Confederate hero elsewhere.

Those Memphians who welcomed Sharpton – prominently including Rev. LaSimba Grey and the Bailey brothers, Circuit Court Judge D’Army and Shelby County Commissioner Walter – want it to go down also as the day the Confederacy itself began to be reburied in the swamp of historical oblivion.
Sharpton came, he spoke, and then, he bailed. He did promise to return though. There was another rally. No violence there either. The fact that Saturday was peaceful may provide the energy necessary to move Memphis toward real solutions. Then, on to other issues.

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