Descended from the pro-segregationist White Citizens' Councils (also known as the uptown Klan), the CCC has described blacks as a "retrograde species of humanity" and "genetically inferior," compared pop singer Michael Jackson to an ape, and condemned"race-mixing." Hall's appearance at the Middle Tennessee CCC meeting was reported in the latest issue of the Citizens Informer, the CCC's in-house publication. "The meeting drew the largest attendance in 12 years, with many youth in attendance," the newsletter noted.
Called on it by the Tennessean, the sheriff struggles hard to appear clueless. "To be honest, I had no idea," he says. "The person doing the scheduling for me had no reason to believe that this was such a group. I regret that we didn't know. I surely don't want that reputation."
But Hall, one of Nashville's most popular politicians who'd probably like to run for mayor or Congress someday, has been flirting with an unsavory crowd for some time with his 287(g) program. He claims he's merely enforcing immigration law ("just doing my job here") and not harassing poor brown people to score cheap political points by cynically exploiting fear, intolerance and worse in the city. Here's a cliche that fits: When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
"That article was very, very racist, very, very inappropriate and very, very ignorant...You should be ashamed of yourself," says one loyal reader. Another reader I spoke with says that the cover art (pictured right) is offensive because it portrays Ganaway as a gangster, even though that's exactly what cops say he is.
This reader also says that the story was the talk of 92Q FM, and was even read aloud during an afternoon broadcast yesterday. She says that the story was especially offensive because the Scene so rarely covers Nashville's black community and the one time we do run a story about that community the coverage is negative.
While I disagree with all of these sentiments, that last statement particularly bothers me. At the risk of doing the journalistic equivalent of saying "But I've got black friends," I'd like to point out that in the past two years I've written three cover stories on black Nashvillians, to say nothing this story from '06 about a legendary former Black Panther who lost his job amidst accusations of racism at a local non-profit.
Sure, the Scene could do more to cover every community in Nashville, but I think our track record isn't nearly as bad as the folks who've called me believe.
The House bill contains some $613 million for Tennessee highway construction, another $244.6 million in K-12 construction, $265.8 billion for special education and $701 million for Medicaid, according to an estimates by national legislative and governors' organizations. One category known as "fiscal stabilization," would provide $1.24 billion to Tennessee. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Web site, it would let the governor use 39 percent for public safety and other government services including assistance for elementary and secondary education and higher education institutions.Trying to kill our buzz, as always, Bredesen cautioned that even if the need for state cuts is substantially reduced, we still should look to the future when federal funding will end. "We certainly don't need to be going along fat and happy and let the federal government borrow some money and carry us, then we hit a brick wall two years from now," he said.
Come to the light, wash your hands of these fools.
Of all things. We must issue more Phony, Lying "Liberal" Alerts.
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