"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.