Thank you for this article. I'm a white Southern man, an Elvis fan, and a great lover of soul, funk, and blues. I was tormented in my all-white high school for being vocally *anti-racist*. I was also a fan of Public Enemy back in the day, and I raised my fist and said, "Fight the Power," but even then, I knew that Elvis was NOT "a straight-out racist.. a sucker... simple and plain." I'm glad that Chuck D has since recanted those false words about Elvis. Presley had his personal flaws, to be sure, but he was not a racist. If anyone still doubts that, even after reading the above article, I dare you to watch the 1972 documentary, "Elvis on Tour." The Sweet Inspirations, a black female gospel group, are his opening act and his back-up singers on the tour, and it is very clear that they love and respect him, and that he loves and respects them.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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