Roy Exum: Evil This Way Comes

Monday, October 23, 2017 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

There is a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as some of the 20,000 students at Middle Tennessee State are taught, that reads: "By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes." The professors explain that in the 16th century the “pricking of thumbs” meant an intuition of evil about to happen and every student at MTSU knows several white supremacy groups plan to stage rallies in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville this Saturday.

The two Middle Tennessee towns are known hotbeds of hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi and about three dozen more White Nationalist off-shoots. Are you kidding me, on the very soil where Tennessee Walking Horses are tortured, other evil thrives. It’s about 25 miles between the two towns and people have been warned, “Prepare like you would for a hurricane.”

A group known as “League of the South” has applied for “permits to gather” in Murfreesboro and “National Front” will organize the rally in Shelbyville. Mike Browning, a spokesman for the Murfreesboro mayor’s office, said the city is “strongly discouraging people from going to the square on Saturday.” MTSU students are being urged to leave the campus in fear of a repeat of the riots in Charlottesville, Va., in August.

Aryan graffiti is being seen on Murfreesboro buildings and some store owners are already putting plywood over their windows in fear of mayhem.

You would think Governor Haslam would issue “a menace to society” order or ban hate organizations from gathering but the First Amendment to the Constitution provides for “freedom of speech.” State and local law enforcement have been meeting regularly in the build-up to this Saturday.

Last Monday Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a “state of emergency” before white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke on Thursday. Spencer was shouted down repeatedly but shared insults with about 500 hecklers. “Say it loud, say it clear – Nazis are not welcome here.”

Spencer retorted, “This is going to be read as, ‘The University of Florida is filled with childlike Antifa who shout at people as opposed to talking to them.”

“Go home, racist! You go home.”

At one point another hate-monger in Gainesville on Thursday, identifying himself as Eli Mosely of a group called “Identity Europa,” called the hecklers “wild hyenas” but admitted, “This right here, what you are doing, is the best recruiting tool for us that you could possibly ever give us.” Mosely added the students had “been brain-washed with an anti-white agenda by their professors and the news media.”

Several counter-protests in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro are now unfolding. On Sunday many ministers asked church members to avoid the rallies and several churches scheduled special prayer events for Thursday night.

A group called “Murfreesboro Loves” is training people this week to promote “a positive, proper and safe counter-protest.” In an alternative to direct confrontation, Jason Bennett said, “We are going to be all over town. There is going to be groups of people all over the city with signs, really reaffirming who we are as a community, rather than who they are.”

* * *

SHELBYVILLE STREET CLOSURES

The following is a press release from the Town of Shelbyville:

“The City of Shelbyville on Wednesday announced updates on traffic and parking for the Oct. 28 rallies.

"As public safety preparations continue by the City of Shelbyville Administration and Police Department regarding a planned demonstration scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017, citizens and visitors should expect traffic and parking impacts.

"The City of Shelbyville was contacted by Michael Hill, representative of League of the South earlier this month that the group plans to hold a sidewalk rally from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 28th. Portions of Lane Parkway and North Cannon Blvd. will be closed before and during the rally. Specific times of road closures will be forthcoming, but the public needs to be aware that closures could occur Friday evening October 27, 2017.

"Lane Parkway will be closed from the intersection of West Lane Street and Regent Drive to the North Main Street intersection of Lane Parkway. North Cannon Blvd. will be closed from the intersection of North Main Street to Holland Street. Signage will be posted and citizens and visitors should expect alternate routes.

"Parking for counter-protestors has been designated for Thomas Magnet School, 518 Tate Avenue and the former site of Harris Middle School, 400 Elm Street, Shelbyville, Tennessee. Surrounding private businesses including Big Springs Shopping Center have indicated parking is reserved for customers only and all others will be towed at the owner's expense."

* * *

FROM THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE: “Detective Lt. Brian Crews declined comment this morning when asked where League of the South members and groups joining them would be parking.

"Protesters are being routed to a specific area away from counter-protesters in an attempt to keep the parties separated as best as possible," Crews said.

The city is asking protesters to stay on course in route to the protest.

"Protestors are advised to remain on sidewalks to and from their designated parking area," the press release says. "Parking will not be allowed on city streets in the area surrounding the sidewalk rally and areas affected by street closures.

"This parking restriction will be strictly enforced beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017. Any vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner's expense. All Shelbyville Housing Authority residents are advised to park in their designated driveways."

* * *

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” -- Golda Meir

royexum@aol.com



Lookout Valley Needs Updated Football Field Restrooms, Not Tennis Courts

It has come to the attention of the parents and grandparents that there is an approved budget of $250,000 for new tennis courts at the Lookout Valley High and Middle School. Well, the problem is we might have five tennis players and while improvement is needed we do not see how they can get that for tennis courts when our football field is not accessible to the handicapped. ... (click for more)

Applying For A Job? Don’t Skip The Interview

If you run for office, you’re essentially applying for a job. And voters are your hiring managers. So if you want the job and you believe you’ve got what it takes to do it well, why would you skip the interview? That’s why when I decided to run to be the next state representative for Tennessee’s 30th State House District, I committed to attending as many forums and debates as ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

East Hamilton Beats Bradley Central, 3-0, For 12th Straight Victory

Bradley Central took East Hamilton, one of the better volleyball teams in Southeast Tennessee regardless of classification, to five sets in their first meeting on Aug. 15 in Cleveland. “So, Bradley is not a team you can underestimate,” Lady Hurricanes coach Bojana Hyatt said after her team’s 3-0 sweep of the Bearettes at East Hamilton High School. “They gave us a run for our ... (click for more)

Lady Mustangs Corral Lady Owls, 3-1, To Keep Share Of 5-3A Volleyball Lead

After dropping the first two sets, Ooltewah gained momentum by staving off defeat and was playing visiting Walker Valley on almost even terms before the Lady Mustangs did what the Lady Owls could only talk about. Walker Valley finished off a 3-1 volleyball victory Tuesday night and stayed tied with Cleveland atop the District 5-3A standings. The Lady Mustangs (16-10 overall) ... (click for more)