MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Memphis has a lot of good things going for it. The library is one of the good things, but then you always have that crime issue.
Fear of crime never goes away, just ask people. Mark Jones of Memphis says, “I think it’s getting pretty close to being out of control.”
Consider this: Jones was the most optimistic man we met when it came to crime.
Mesha Smith has four children.
“I just worry,” she said, “and hope no bullet or anything like that will hit my children.”
This is how some in this city live. As one man put it: “I think it’s so bad a lot of people aren’t getting out like they used to.”
Memphis has been rated number three in a recent survey of the most violent cities in the country.Yet it is always one of the top cities in the country when it comes to charitable giving.
Good people, who are afraid they might become a story on the morning news.
“I wake up every morning and look at how many people have been shot the night before,” resident Gary Parks said. “I’m more worried about shootings than burglaries and stuff like that.”
The recent events in Frayser, where people showed anger and frustration toward police indicates there are big problems. It’s just one reason why Devon Carruthers wants people to show up for a peace march at the “I Am A Man Plaza” in downtown Memphis this Sunday at 3:00pm.
“We have to have everybody out here,” Carruthers said. “We want people who are willing to make change. We do not want the naysayers. We don’t want the people who think change isn’t possible. We want believers who want things to happen and believe it can happen.”