Connie Chastain has responded to my Memphis post:
“For him, they’re black people. For me, they’re leftist leaders and culture changers — people who either helped to create or used the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the gay movement, the anti-war left, the radical environmentalists, in the war against the existing culture — such people as Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and his terrorist bunch, the neo-Marxists of the Frankfurt School, (Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, among others), Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem, Students for a Democratic Society, Tom Hayden, Jane Fonda, Angela Davis, Susan Sontag and countless others.”
Yes, there is a black elephant in the room in Memphis.
Memphis hasn’t had a White mayor in 21 years. In the early 1990s, Memphis became a majority black city, and Willie Herenton was elected as the first black mayor of Memphis. He finally stepped down in 2009 after 18 years in office. A C Wharton is now the black mayor of Memphis.
Birmingham hasn’t had a White mayor since 1979. Richard Arrington was the first black mayor of Birmingham. He was mayor for the next twenty years. Atlanta hasn’t had a White mayor since Maynard Jackson was elected in 1973. New Orleans had a black mayor from 1978 to 2010. The black stranglehold on the city government in New Orleans was only broken by Hurricane Katrina.
The renaming of the three Confederate parks in Memphis has nothing to do with Saul Alinsky or Bill Ayers or Jane Fonda. It is just the effect of the Black Undertow driving out the White population in Memphis in the 1980s and 1990s (through a combination of violent crime, integrated public schools, and the destruction of property value) combined with federal enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act.
It is really nothing more than the dominant ethnic group (the blacks) displacing the previously dominant ethnic group (the Whites) and using its new political power to reshape the public square to honor Ida B. Wells instead of Nathan Bedford Forrest. The exact same thing has already happened in Selma for the exact same reason.
The Rainbow Confederates who “strongly disagree” with “official government segregation or any other kind of oppression” are responsible for creating the cultural conditions that empowered the blacks who have since gratefully returned the favor by using their political power to displace Whites in literally every major Southern metro area (most spectacularly in Memphis and Birmingham) and to attack Confederate symbolism from one end of the South to the other.
Note: Here’s a useful contrast:
The bas relief sculpture on Stone Mountain in Atlanta, the Confederate version of Mount Rushmore, was commissioned in 1916 and was pushed to completion by those odious segregationists who were so inferior to our Baby Boomer Rainbow Confederates like Connie Chastain.
Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in Memphis, which has now been renamed “Health Sciences Park,” which is the final resting place of Nathan Bedford Forrest, was created by the very same segregationists and white supremacists in the Jim Crow South who erected literally every Confederate memorial that the Rainbow Confederates have consistently fail to preserve.
Memphis and Lexington should remove any lingering doubt (as if any further were needed after the result of the flag wars in Georgia and South Carolina) that the Rainbow Confederates are incapable of preserving Southern heritage.