U.S. of hateIt may interest readers of the Scene to know that the phrase “illegal immigrant invasion” is not an idea or phrase originating in the racist mind of ideologue Jim Boyd (“(At) Largely Loquacious,” July 12). Anyone who Googles the phrase “illegal immigrant invasion” will find plenty of references and links to far right, ultra-conservative, neo-Nazi types crawling out from under rocks, offering a smorgasbord of religious radicalism and ultra-far right nationalism. These range from The Dustin Inman Society (led by D.A. King, formerly of The American Resistance Foundation) to Arizona Rep. Russell Pearce, who talks incessantly about the “invasion,” and Phyllis Schlafly, another ultra-fundamentalist, religious American nationalist, who rhetorically asks Mexican immigrants, “are you assimilating or invading?”Before anyone laughs this off and shrugs their shoulders at good ol’ boy Jim Boyd, check out his ideological credentials and the political and cultural sources for his so-called “wacky theory about ‘illegal immigration invasion.’ ” You will find that, under that crusty old rock, the same religious fundamentalism and extremism can be traced to the furthest right of the radical right wing’s most radical fringe. This is the same racist fundamentalism and imperialist-nationalist, pride-ridden, white-hooded, cross-burning ignorance that history shamefully eulogizes with epitaphs for Nazi Germany.Think really hard before ignoring good ol’ boy Jim “Illegal Immigration Invasion” Boyd! Ignore him and others like him at your own peril.RHIO HIRSCHtalkingzen@gmail.com (Whites Creek)
Polling pointHoward Gentry has not played the race card in this mayoral campaign, but as of your July 12 issue, the Scene certainly has (“Going for Broke”).Jeff Woods criticizes Howard Gentry for questioning the accuracy of his opponents’ polls. What would the Scene be saying about Gentry’s political acumen if he were not suspicious of his opponents’ polls?Second, the fact that blacks are undercounted in polls has been known for decades. When Gentry points that out, it is neither news nor a platform for building some kind of case for reverse discrimination.JACK ISENHOURisenhour@bellsouth.net (Nashville)
Damn usurpersHaving lived in East Nashville all my life, I’ve had to witness the influx of white hipsters surging their way into my neighborhood and proclaiming it as their own (“East Side Story,” July 5). Perhaps it wouldn’t upset me so much if they wouldn’t proclaim things like, “I live in the hood.” Five Points is not the hood. Even if it is hood-adjacent, it is still not the hood. It’s a hipster bubble that’s close enough to the hood so that you can feel as though you’re living on the edge. New East Nashvillians talk about their neighborhood’s diversity as if it is somehow different from that of West Nashville. Even if you can see homeboys and rednecks from Marché’s windows, if they ever walked through the doors, all the “East Nashvillians” would be paralyzed with shock. The yuppies don’t associate with people from the low-income areas that surround their hipster paradise. They would never push their stroller down my street in Inglewood; they’re scared, just like the Westies. Real East Nashvillians see them as outsiders who are trying to push us out of our neighborhoods to make way for a whiter, hipper, more costly East Nashville, and we do not think of them as our neighbors. Name withheld (Nashville)
Off the beaten pathI can’t figure out why you stick Walter Jowers’ column in the middle of the classifieds. I read him every week and it is a pain in the ass to thumb through the last third of the paper trying to find his column. Why can’t you put him with the rest of the grownups instead of at the kids’ table?JERRY CARNEScarnes647@msn.com (Nashville)
Timely replyIn her article “Into the Wilderness,” MiChelle Jones refers to “the expressions of Manifest Destiny by Frederick Church” (Oct. 13, 2005). I know that it is standard to ascribe Manifest Destiny to the works of Church, but if you truly research his paintings, you will find that they often reflect what is going on in his life, such as the death of his children, the end of the Civil War, etc. You will also see that most of his adventures have nothing to do with the West—only South America and Europe.LAURIE MOODYmoodyartlover@yahoo.com (Nashville)
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