Now that AC has taken the reins as leader, visionary, and manager of this great city; where will he take us?
I just returned from a fundraiser for Commissioner Steve Mulroy, the place was packed. Steve Mulroy exemplifies the type of leadership we should demand from all our elected officials. While mingling I walked upon a conversation between an AC supporter and a Herenton supporter. They battled back and forth on who was best for Memphis and not surprising the discussion led to and settled on the issue of race. The Herenton supporter said, "Why is it now that blacks are in power that white people are all about Memphis coming together?" I've lived in Memphis for fifty-five years and when whites had power I never heard anything about coming together." The AC supporter countered, "Two wrongs never make a right, and Herenton divided Memphis racially." After about twenty minutes of listening to their bantering I decided to excuse myself.
Let me state that I'm the eternal optimist. The OneMemphis concept was made for people like me. Already I'm looking into getting bumper stickers, shirts and yard signs with this slogan.
AC is right, a city must have a dream. It must strive and reach beyond its grasp. How else can it grow? For far too long Memphians and former Memphians have declared it their personal responsibility to denigrate our fair city. From talk show host Ben Ferguson, "Glad you haven't been shot!" greeting to the Memphis taxi driver, thinking I was a tourist, sharing his disdain about living here. Memphians have become the city's worst promoters.
For those who state Herenton created racial divide in Memphis let me say it was here long before him and will regrettable be here long after all of us are nothing more than distant memories. No one person can be blamed for our present state but in my heart I believe that change starts with one person, OneMemphian.
Mayor Wharton, count me in!