Black Lives Matter protesters have Elvis Presley in their cross-hairs and have decided to protest at Graceland!
Black Lives Matter leaders, in coordination with several other activist groups, chose Graceland because “it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequality”
Sigh! The protests went to Graceland Monday and it was caught on video as they shut down the historic complex, effecting the paychecks of many individuals.
In a statement Coalition of Concerned Citizens said,
“The demonstration, set for Monday at 6:00pm, is planned as a peaceful show of solidarity, unifying the people of Memphis against systems that promote poverty, violence and economic disparity. Graceland was chosen as a protest site because it demonstrates one of Memphis’s most common forms of financial inequity and because the site has ties a prominent case of police brutality that resulted in the death of unarmed teen, Darrius Stewart.
Graceland recently opened The Guest House, a new 450room resort style hotel in the heart of the African American community of Whitehaven. The project cost more than $120 million dollars to build and received upwards of 78 million dollars in public funding and tax breaks. Project developers and city officials promised Whitehaven residents the project would be an economic boon to the community, but as has been case for decades, residents have seen little if any of that money “trickle down” into the middle class neighborhood’s economy. This is not an uncommon story.”
I am sorry, but what a bunch of bull! The travel industry provided paychecks on many levels for middle to lower class individuals all over the country! Waiters, bus drivers, taxi drivers, hotel workers, small business workers, big business workers. (I could go on…I digress!) That money DID trickle down into the neighborhoods!
When are these Black Lives Matter people going to open their eyes that personal responsibility is how you make something of yourself and crying does not?