Image: Eliza Fletcher Kidnapping Suspect Cleotha Abston Charged with First-Degree Murder, Could Face Death Penalty
By Fox News
The most important thing to keep in mind in a period of intense change is that things are, in fact, changing. Things weren’t always this way so memory, history, is your best defense against manipulation. When you remember the way things were, you can fight to preserve them.
When you no longer remember what was always this way, then you’re at their mercy. So, with that in mind, it’s worth remembering that 100 years ago, Memphis was one of the richest, best organized cities in the country. It had a booming economy. It had beautiful municipal parks, a lot of them, more than 100. It had one of the most modern sanitation systems in the world, something we take for granted now. When yellow fever was real, no one took it for granted.
Memphis was such a big deal that it in fact was the informal capital of an entire American region, the Mississippi Delta, but not anymore. In fact, by last year, if you went to Memphis, it was hard to believe that any of that had ever been true at any point, because by that point and now, Memphis had become a husk and a highly threatening one.
In 2021, according to federal statistics, Memphis, Tennessee, was the most dangerous city in the United States. Last year, it recorded a total of 342 murders. Now, how many is that? Well, by comparison, San Antonio, Texas, which has more than twice the population, recorded fewer than half as many murders. So, by any measure at all, Memphis was absolutely falling apart, but Eliza Fletcher decided to make a life there anyway.