Memphis is known for a lot of things. Barbeque. Country music. And an affinity to hold on to the deeply racist past of the Civil War.
Some people in Memphis have petitioned to get the names of parks changed. 100 year old parks with names like Confederate Park have been voted to be changed to Memphis Park. Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi Park. And Nathan Bedford Forrest park (a Confederate fighter) to Health Sciences Park.
The KKK is highly against this. So much so that they have obtained a permit to rally against the naming of the parks. They’ve called for members across the country to come out and speak out against this…injustice???
I’m not sure if we should go around changing history like things never existed. There’s a fine line between moving into changing times and turning a blind eye on where you came from. I’m not saying I don’t avoid any neighborhood named Plantation Anything (cause I do), but I know these things existed in the not so distant past of America. Sure Confederate Park isn’t as bad as Hang An N-Word Field but who the hell is going to play in Health Sciences Park? Who’s going to read Huck Finn with Slave Jim in it? Is ignoring something the best way to get over it?
The director for the Memphis police has said they will “prepare for the worst and pray for the best” because well, that’s just good police work.