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Re: “You Are So Nashville If ...

Submitted but not printed the next year:

YSNIF: "You think Perry March has gotten kind of fat since he killed his wife."

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Posted by Further on 07/16/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “You Are So Nashville If ...

I mean, the Janet March thing really was inappropriate... but think back to 2007, we needed something besides

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Posted by poop on 07/16/2015 at 11:12 AM

Re: “You Are So Nashville If ...

You are so Nashville if ... You look down on columbians in South Carolina because your picture of the confederate flag on top of the "General Lee" rusted away years ago.

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Posted by Robert LeBruce on 07/16/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “You Are So Nashville If ...

Cue the annual rant about the reprint of the 1997 winner in 3... 2... 1...

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Posted by nashvillain on 07/16/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “You Are So Nashville If ...

The two that made me laugh out loud:

1) Oh, forget it. No one’s going to get it anyway. They all moved here last month. — Joe Pagetta

2) You don’t know what icing is but you know when to yell “YOU SUCK”! — Raul Kemp

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Posted by Hudson on 07/16/2015 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The burning debate over Confederate symbolism

When you start taking freedoms away............................

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Posted by tdterry1999 on 07/15/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

"They get off on posting offensive opinions anonymously that they wouldn't post under their own names."

I will admit that when it comes to race relations the truth is offensive.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/15/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

Aren't you bicycle boy, twh? Been on a trip? Hope you had the padded-ass tighties. You seem wound pretty tight, as a general matter.

yoyo has a point.

To Mr. Pink, it is axiomatic that blacks explain to their children, in volatile terms, current events and the chip on the shoulder is not unexpected and not avoidable. Apparently, whites must bite their tongues when they watch the news and see the parade of n'er do-wells up on the screen.

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Posted by Observer on 07/15/2015 at 2:25 PM
Posted by localboy on 07/15/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

Don't bother with the trolls. They get off on posting offensive opinions anonymously that they wouldn't post under their own names. It's not like they're going to have a measured conversation about Tasneem's piece if they're only here to provoke outrage.

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Posted by twh on 07/15/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

"Yes. They owe it not to grow up to walk into a black church and kill people praying. That was the only task required of the unborn Dylann Roof, and how miserably he failed."

Put that on his parents; they failed miserably.

So, who do you blame when black assaults on whites are eight times white assaults on black?
If I had my way, parents - both black and white - would pay a price when their children messed up, especially acts of violence.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/15/2015 at 12:49 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

"This woman is teaching her kids to hate. She tries to explain the situation to her children in less volatile terms, but still they will grow older with a chip on their shoulders against white people thanks to her."

So how do you suggest she explain to her kids, in less volatile terms, that a white man walked into a church and murdered black worshipers because they were black, in hopes of inciting a race war? That's just the fact of what happened. If they grow up with a chip on their shoulders, might the fault lie not with their mother but with the shooter?

"Do you really think the white unborn owe something to the black unborn?"

Yes. They owe it not to grow up to walk into a black church and kill people praying. That was the only task required of the unborn Dylann Roof, and how miserably he failed.

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Posted by mr. pink on 07/15/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

"I wanted to shriek: "I am so sick of this white supremacist bulls&%t!! And folk are calling him 'mentally ill' and not a 'terrorist!' DAAAAMN! Where can we find safety, respect and peace?!!"'

This woman is teaching her kids to hate. She tries to explain the situation to her children in less volatile terms, but still they will grow older with a chip on their shoulders against white people thanks to her. So, what did your children and grandchildren do to earn such condemnation? That's who her children will be angry with. Farther into the future: Do you really think the white unborn owe something to the black unborn?

"I chose not to speak on the allegations of 12-year-old Tamir waving a fake gun."

And she refuses to face reality when it involves black complicity in their own misfortunes. Nothing unusual there.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/14/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

Balck people are as much southerners as are white people. So when you talk about "southern heritage," in defense of the indefensible, please correct yourself and call it WHITE southern heritage.
BTW, this woman wrote a well-thought out piece that explained what it's like to raise black children and how to deal with some difficult issues and as usual, the jackasses show up and bray just like jackasses.

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Posted by Kilgore Trout on 07/14/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

Great article. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted by twh on 07/14/2015 at 3:15 PM

Re: “The burning debate over Confederate symbolism

It was never over taxes. It was over property rights (slavery) and the opportunity to expand a slave empire westward. Lincoln was no abolitionist in the beginning, but his views and ideas morphed over the course of his career and the war. But he absolutely HATED slavery, for 2 main reasons. One was that he saw its effect on the yeoman white farmer and tradesman, it was negative; wherever slavery existed in numbers it tended to drive out the individual yeoman white farmer and tradesman (the backbone of the North and Midwest economies). And second, his moral objection to slavery was this: The slave (his example was a woman) is forced to work not for her own benefit, but for the benefit of another and had no right at all to the fruits of her own labor.
If the Civil War was not over slavery then you need to go back and tell that to the southern secessionists who enumerated the reasons they were seceding in the secession documents and they all named slavery as the number one, and sometimes only reason. taxes? Not mentioned. The idea that anything other than the fear that slavery would be limited by the United States caused the southern states to secede is a fiction that sprang up AFTER the war was over. IT was the original historical revisionism.

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Posted by Kilgore Trout on 07/14/2015 at 3:08 PM

Re: “The burning debate over Confederate symbolism

The meanings we assign to things change over time. At the time the flag was originally used, it was used in a war fought over taxes. The south was being taxed disproportionately. If the war was all about slavery, would it not have started after Lincoln freed the southern slaves and not years before? Lincoln was no progressive abolitionist in his heart, you can read speeches he made that are full of racism and white supremacist views. General Sherman said that if the war was about slavery he'd have fought for the other side. The war was like most wars, based on money. Do your research. Don't go with the oversimplified versions written by the victors of the war. The flag, in between the war and now, has been used by some in white supremacy groups, etc. but the way most people fly the flag today is not in that way, despite the flag paranoia propagated by groups like the NAACP etc. People fly it now as a symbol of the region they come from. A symbol of the culture into which they were born. To most people, it is that. Then one kid who obviously does not represent society as a whole uses it in some photos and this debate reaches a level of hysteria as if those unfortunate people were killed with the very flag itself.

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Posted by A. Nonymous on 07/14/2015 at 9:44 AM

Re: “What heritage means to a mother trying to raise beautiful, brilliant black children in the South

Thank you for being a voice of reason Kim. It's the only way we can have a conversation, be honest about how we feel and try to understand each other. We are much more alike than we are different.

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Posted by Don Dodds on 07/13/2015 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Want to remove Nathan Bedford Forrest's bust from the Capitol? Good luck with that.

The statue on I65 is on private property. When you start to remove historical monuments then you also are going to have to remove the Washington monument. Washington had slaves too.

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Posted by ghostlly on 07/13/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “In a Smithville uniform factory, has Nashville found the missing threads for its local fashion industry?

The creators and visionaries described in this article generate economic support structures that are very important for Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region.

Manufacturing in the USA takes dedication and vision, good partnerships and the ability to adjust to very fast changing market demands. It takes that, together with the capital investment and creative energies required to build a brand and make great product, but it's not enough. The missing component is an informed and lasting commitment from the American consumer.

In order to move demand beyond the "cottage industry" level and realize a larger vision, consumers must become dedicated champions of every "Made in the USA" badge. Yes, developments in the Fashion Alliance are exciting for Nashville, but to deliver and recapture an industry, consumers must be inspired to take the time to research, to find and then purchase an American made product - on purpose.

Posted by Mark Cleveland on 07/13/2015 at 3:16 PM

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