It’s Nashville’s new parlor game, poring over the “English First” petition to see who’s signed up for xenophobia. One name that sticks out? Judge Carol Soloman. Why would the judge who presides over Nashville’s family court, hearing cases involving scores of immigrants, favor such a Charter amendment?
We asked Soloman to explain her petition signature, and here’s what she said:
“It’s my philosophy that democracy is strong and everybody ought to have the right to vote on issues that are important. A dear friend of mine asked me to sign it. I thought, well, you know, if it’s on the ballot, the people are good. We have a good city. It’ll be defeated handily.
“I wouldn’t vote for it. I think it’s a terrible initiative. It’s misleading. They call it English First. They mean English Only.”
Soloman says she wouldn’t sign a second petition to hold a special election on “English First” because it would cost $350,000.
"We have higher priorities," she says. When “English First” supporters sent her a postcard to sign for the special election, she says, “I tore it up in many pieces. Our priority is not to be mean-spirited. Our priority is to have a good community.”