08/03/2005: Let the hilarity ensue....
Apparently, one of the big agenda items here in Memphis is a proposal to rename several city parks that are named for the Confederacy (Confederate Park) or for Confederate leaders (Forrest Park and Jefferson Davis Park). As big agenda items go, it strikes me as pretty silly, but then again, it is August in Memphis, and apparently not much goes on to amuse a body in Memphis in August.
Well, according to CG at Mama said there'd be days like this, there are reports that, apparently, onetime Democratic Presidential wannabe Rev. Al Sharpton is going to get himself involved in this one.
I'm going to keep an eye on this story now. You just can't buy entertainment like this, at any price.
For a slightly more sane rundown on the issues involved:
- Mike "Half-Bakered" Hollihan has addressed the issues in several posts.
- Memphis right-wing blogger "AlphaPatriot" explains it all for you (from the Southern point of view, of course, but surprisingly well reasoned and written; I can't think of a lot I'd take serious issue with in this one, and for the record, I think that Nathan Bedford Forrest's stature in the history of warfare and his connection with Memphis makes it quite appropriate that he be memorialized here).
- The Pesky Fly comments here.
- And autoegocrat gives us a synopsis of a recent discussion on this issue on Leon Green's afternoon drive time talk radio show.
Len on 08.03.05 @ 09:12 AM CST