Nashville trails many Southern cities in black population rise

Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 10:05pm

It’s no secret that Nashville is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Since 1990, the city’s Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and African populations have each exploded, rendering Music City an international place of sorts. Davidson County is now home to more than 60,000 Hispanics and 19,000 Asians. Twenty years ago, those populations were minuscule in comparison. 

Also during the last two decades, a demographic reality unfolded locally involving black Americans — a change lost amid the International City hype. While African-American populations in other Southern cities boomed, weaving a tale of reclamation in the New South, the story is far from the same in Nashville. 

During the past 20 years, African-Americans have moved by the hundreds of thousands from various parts of the United States — often from cities in the North and Midwest — to the South in what has amounted to a reverse of the “Great Migration” of the early 20th century, when blacks fled the embattled South for a better life elsewhere. Since 2000, in the country’s black population, 75 percent of growth was in the South, up from 65 percent during the previous decade, according to U.S. Census data. Also during the last decade, major metro areas in the North, particularly New York and Chicago, posted their first declines in black population since at least 1980. 

In some cities of the greater South — particularly Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston Miami, Orlando and Tampa — the rise in African-American populations has been nothing short of stunning. Atlanta now has the second-largest black population among all U.S. cities, having passed Chicago in the past few years and trailing only New York City. From 2000 to 2010, many Southern cities — particularly in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina — saw their African-American populations increase by at least 20 percent and, in some cases, a considerably higher percentage. In Tennessee, the black population in Memphis, always significant, increased further. 

During the same 10-year period, Nashville’s black population grew a healthy but still modest 19 percent, from approximately 146,000 to about 174,000. 

Cathy Yang Liu, assistant professor Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, said climate (particularly for the elderly), proximity to the East Coast, cultural dynamics and jobs combine to influence African-Americans’ choices when relocating to the South from other parts of the country. 

“Orlando, Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta all fit that criteria [more so than Nashville],” said Liu, who has studied the phenomenon of blacks moving to Atlanta. “There could be several reasons blacks are migrating to some Southern cities and not [as much to Nashville],” acknowledging that getting at the motivations behind the moves is far more difficult territory than the numbers themselves. 

African-Americans’ re-embrace of the South is part of an overall trend involving people of various ethnic and racial groups moving to Sun Belt cities. Regardless of the reasons, which tend to be speculative at best, the numbers are noteworthy. 

According to recently released 2010 statistics from the U.S Census Bureau, of the 20 largest cities in 11 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia), only two — Lexington and Louisville — are “less black” than Nashville by the percentage of African-Americans compared with their greater populations. 

Black population changes are not solely the result of migration, but that factor looms large within the dynamic. Orlando is a strong example: Much of the Florida city’s African-American population growth the past 10 years was due to an influx of black newcomers. 

In 2000, Orlando’s geographically small city limits were home to about 50,000 African-Americans. In 2010, the number was 66,000, a 34 percent increase. Orlando to Nashville is not an apples-to-apples comparison — Nashville-Davidson County encompasses about 525 square miles, while the City of Orlando is only 100. But in a general sense, the black populations of Southeastern cities such as Charlotte, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham and Tampa — all cities, like Nashville, that did not historically have hugely significantly African-American populations such as those of Atlanta or New Orleans — are growing rapidly. 

That Orlando, a city with no African-American heritage of note, is luring blacks more than Nashville — with our triumvirate of Fisk University, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University, and our status as a history-rich center of black business and culture — is striking. 

With Nashville attracting all types of newcomers — from the white music executive from California to the Mexican-American construction worker from Texas to the Indonesian-American computer technician from Illinois — why do blacks migrating to the South seemingly prefer to relocate to cities other than Nashville? 

jeff obafemi carr, director of the city’s Amun Ra Theatre and a local pop culture critic, filmmaker and actor, said he is often asked when he travels around the country if Nashville is receptive to blacks looking to relocate. He said Charlotte, among others, has a much better perception than Nashville. 

“There is a perception problem, and some of it is rooted in reality,” said carr, who is African-American. “There is a diverse culture of music here, but unfortunately, it’s still not branded by the city as a diverse music culture.”

Rosetta Miller-Perry, founder of the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and publisher of the Tennessee Tribune, agreed with carr that there is a perception problem. She noted that Charlotte has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel that attracts both young blacks and whites — and that has created a buzz in various black communities in cities nationwide. 

“It blew me away,” Miller-Perry, who is African-American, said of a recent visit to Charlotte. “It reminded me of Atlanta and New York.” 

It’s difficult to compare population figures from city to city. The census bureau includes statistics from both city limits and metropolitan statistical areas. Geographical boundaries can vary wildly from place to place. Also, some cities annexed large landmasses between 2000 and 2010, distorting their populations from the decennial census 10 years ago to the most recent count. 

But in a general sense, the following figures (given as approximations) are helpful: 

• The City of Charlotte had 177,000 black residents in 2000 and 256,000 in 2010, an
increase of 45 percent. 

• The City of Raleigh boasted an African-American population of 76,000 in 2000.
By 2010, the figure was 118,000, an increase of 54 percent. 

Dan Cornfield, a Vanderbilt University sociology professor, said another key statistic to consider is Nashville’s percentage of blacks related to the overall population. The figure as of 2010 was about 27 percent, basically unchanged from 2000. 

“What did change at above-average rates for Davidson County between 2000 and 2010 is the percentage of foreign-born residents,” Cornfield said. 

That change could explain, in part, why the percentage of blacks did not increase. Still, and in contrast, many of the previously listed Southeastern cities saw their percentages of black residents in relation to their overall populations rise at least somewhat from 2000 to 2010. 

“The question I get — from both blacks and whites — when I go places to work on a project or shop a product, particularly in New York and L.A.,” carr said, is ‘Why are you still in Nashville?’ ”  

91 Comments on this post:

By: jayblow77 on 3/28/11 at 12:13

Blacks are the destroyers of cities. It's a blessing when you don't have blacks in your city. Look at Detroit, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Newark, Philadelphia, Chicago, Camden, Oakland, etc. etc.

Blacks in a city are like having that city hit by an atomic bomb.

I killed the bank - Andrew Jackson

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 4:16

Sierra Leone and Liberia were both created as dumping grounds for unwanted, freed, Negro slaves. The scheme didn't work very well and the projects fizzled; those who supported the idea of returning blacks to Africa were (are) branded as "bigots" and "racists".

Today, those who do NOT support the idea of returning the world's Jews to Palestine (Israel) are labeled as "bigots" and "racists". Go figure....

By: SFPredsFan on 3/28/11 at 4:19

This article is NOT bad news, however the explosion of new Hispanics. mostly illegal aliens, is disturbing. Since these new "immigrants" aka illegal aliens are all poor, uneducated, and bring their kids and anchor babies with them that don't or barely speak English, our taxes, social services and schools are all suffering. This is a trend we don't need and have to stop to ensure our quality of life in Tennessee doesn't drop to the 3rd world countries they invaded us from.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 4:29

I noticed that the name, jeff obafemi carr, was not capitalized; this occurred twice in the text, so I assume that this was not a mistake; still, a capital letter is required when beginning a sentence. This jeff carr dude sounds like an attention-seeking malcontent....isn't Amun Ra Theater the gay-pride, thespian enterprise in Nashville? If so, no wonder that jeff is down on Nashville.

By: TITAN1 on 3/28/11 at 5:04

jayblow77, how do you live with yourself?

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 5:11

Good question, TITAN1....maybe he's just trolling...stirring up the muck. If he's serious, he's got major hate and anger issues.

By: Loretta Bridge on 3/28/11 at 6:17

The Nashville community both Black and White are not very welcoming to new African American residence. The old Black professional community will not make room for the new younger people to get involved. You see the same people's names over and over and over again as being a part of the community but they lock out the younger people coming into Nashville. You see Sam Howard, Francis Guess, Churchwell, Churchwell and Churchwell, Corbin, Howard Gentry and "DR" TB Boyd (who doesn't even have a Master's Degree) on every board and committee but you never see anyone under 45. Nashville is not open or friendly to new comers. You must be either born or educated in Nashville 40 years ago to have a chance to be accepted.

By: Siobhanne on 3/28/11 at 6:38

I just moved from Nashville to a small town just outside Augusta GA. This town is probably 50% or more black. We are the only white family in our townhouse complex. I really like it here. It seems that residents here, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, take pride in both their property and their city. When house shopping with a real estate agent, it was difficult to identify the poorer parts of town. Yards are attractive and well maintained. Most are attractively landscaped with trees, shrubs and other plants even in the poor areas. There is a noticible lack of trash, litter and yards full of cars. I don't hear rap music (with offensive, profanity laden lyrics) permeate my walls nor do I need heavy drapes to block out flashing blue lights. It is pretty, quiet and peaceful.

When I lived in Nashville (Northeast Nashville specifically) , I noticed that there was a noticible divide between the haves and the have nots. Belle Meade, Forest Hills are quite attractive and well-maintained. My neighborhood looked horrible. I had neighbors who tossed their empty liquor bottles in the yard along with the old furniture, mattresses, and junk cars. The police were a common fixture on my street. My neighbors had loud and violent domestic disputes (multiple neighbors) I have never figured out why people who live in a small 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home need to have a minimum of 5 cars parked in the yard ( not the driveway... in the yard) Drug related problems were rampant. Outside my immediate neighborhood and in the commercial area.. same thing. Garbage and litter strewn about.. cigarette butts and beer cans. No landscaping... flowers, plants, shrubs.. nothing beautiful. It was as though no one took pride in either their personal property or their possessions.

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By: richgoose on 3/28/11 at 6:42

The blacks have always had a culture of "I do not care whether the earth is round or flat, and I do not understand why you white folks think that is important."

By: beaneman on 3/28/11 at 7:13

How can Jay say tht African-Americans are causing all those cities to come down...African-Americans help build those cities...what is bringing those cities down is the lost of jobs...the hatred America still has for African-American, the politics of America..How is it tht a person of foriegn decent can come to America and go to College for free, get medical attention for free, and can be given money to start businesses for free. Any person is going to do wht they feel is right to feed their family...why did Ron Ragan take woodshop and other vocational activities out of school???cause It allowed Afican-American a chance to start a trade out of high school tht was useful and gave them the ability to substain a successful life without going to college...Now u have to go to some type of secondary school to do trades tht many African-American students in the 50's, 60's and 70's were comin out of high school with the knowledge to do...why is it whn i travel and get a hotel room at a smaller chain tht all the owners are of Asian Indian decent

By: Community-carl-... on 3/28/11 at 7:17

Even though we are all God's children, there are cultural differences...whether innate, learned, or a combination of factors, who knows? . Regarding Jayblow's observation, It is what it is. Unfortunately, many formerly enslaved peoples do not realize that they have allowed themselves to become enslaved by government mandated "entitlements" and the resulting lack of responsibility for their own lives and success.

It's my opinion that self-serving politicians have weakened the character of our country by offering a multitude of entitlements in exchange for votes. End result: The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class is disappearing. At some point, the remaining middle class (financial backbone) of this country will be unable to support the other two classes. The end result will be social and financial chaos....possibly the end of our country and life as we know it.

By: pam harrison on 3/28/11 at 7:31

And the bigotry goes on. Who would really want to live in a city where ignorance is so rampant in the white community, where sales taxes eat way at one's food budget, where politicians think they can tell if one is an illegal immigrant merely by looking at the other, where being a Muslim automatically labels you a terrorist by a group of uneducated bible thumpers who think their bigoted religion should dictate the lives of others.

By: Trumpet on 3/28/11 at 7:45

Joe/The Collection: BRAVO Loretta Bridge! I stand with you, eventhough I am 67-years-old, and know many of the people named in your comments. Your observations are right on the Money. How about these questionable titles being used to further personal interests, or enhance one's personal influence, like (and I will add the most dubious one, which you might have overlooked) "Dr. Bobbie Jones". In Nashville this is a Fraternity/Sorortity-type of alliance and they exercise
control by committee. They stiffle the efforts of independent-thinkers in deference to those who cannot or will not challenge their authority. EXAMPLES: jeff (O)carr and Rosetta Miller-Perry. Combined, they remind me of "The Mistic Knights of the Sea" from the Amos N' Andy TV series. I have noticed that they operate the same way. Judging from this article, the word (truth) must be spreading. Maybe next time the reporter/writer/author will seek-out the opinions and quotes from people like us to quote in their work. That would be a breakthrough.

By: Oy Vey on 3/28/11 at 8:35

spelling: "minuscule" not miniscule, please

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 8:53

jayblow77 said "Blacks are the destroyers of cities. It's a blessing when you don't have blacks in your city. "

Well, let me tell you something, I am African American who moved to this city about nine years ago to grow my business in the music industry. I have a beautiful home in Green Hills that is worth over a million dollars for which I pay a hefty property tax. I also donate to local charities and my church HERE in Nashville. I also employee several people in Nashville, on a contract basis, for my business and also to maintain my home and landscaping. Although I own my own business, I have two degrees one in Civil engineering and the other in Architecture. At any rate, Sorry if I'm destroying your city. Perhaps, I should take my business, charitable contributions, and taxes to Atlanta or Charlotte.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 9:03

Oh, I just purchased a brand new sports car here in Nashville. I wish I had purchased it in Atlanta or Charlotte so those cities could get the sales taxes. I wouldn't want to continue to destroy your city. I'll consider that the next time I make large purchases.

I'll wait until I go to Atlanta, Chicago, or home to New York to buy clothing and furniture. I wouldn't want to help keep some of these businesses in Nashville going and destroy them.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 9:09

Oh, and the white guy that got the contract to do some landscaping for me at my home this spring can forget it. I'll see if I can find some illegal's to do the job for me. My budget for this project was in the thousands of dollars.

By: shrub on 3/28/11 at 9:19

Loner, it's not an editorial mistake. jeff obafemi carr does not capitalize the first letters in his name.

By: parnell3rd on 3/28/11 at 9:23

I always say to people who visit, nice to meet you , enjoy the city, to people who move here, we're glad to have you.
The South has always gotten a bad wrap. I remember the "desegregation riots" being much worse and violent in Boston. I grew up in those times. I served in the US Army with people from all over the country and other countries. We all wore the same uniform. Does that mean I am perfect? Far from it.
I will say, I would like for people to be here legally, pay the same taxes as the rest of us.
If I lived in a country that kept killing their own kind over religion or tribal status, I would want to leave too. If I lived in a country that the Gov't was corrupted (worse than ours) by drug cartels I would want to leave too.
If you look around the world, America is the best place to live.
We are perfect. But our "poor people" have more than most others.

By: iTiSi on 3/28/11 at 10:04

I get a kick out of these type articles where the writer can't decide whether to use "Black" or "African-American". They, as he did, are constantly switching back and forth between the two, trying not to offend anyone. PC, PC, PC, Oh my me, so sad! You notice it's always "whites", but never "Caucasians" or "Anglo-Americans" or any other designator. Some people are so confused and I really do pity them! By the way, I know one reason for less "what-evers" coming to Nashville. They have probably heard the same stories that I have heard. Many of the average, middle-income "really dark colors" lost their construction jobs (especially brick-layers) to "really medium lighter-colored illegal immigrants" from South of the border. It's not just the rich, highly-educated ones that need to be written about but also the average middle-class colored people(I can say that because there is still an NAACP).

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 10:20

Shrub, yeah, I checked it out.

I Googled that name and sure enuff, the man uses lower case letters to spell his name(s). According to his bio, he does this out of humility; something to do with being born-again and a calling from the Lord. I suppose that obafemi's attempt at humility might actually call more attention to himself...it's a great vanity ploy for a narcissist...of course, I'm not saying that obafemi is a conceited, self-centered egotist....I'm just sayin'. He calls himself a "media scientist" and his resume is impressive. He sure looks good in his photo:

http://www.jeffobafemicarr.com/whi.html

Good to hear from you, New Yorker 1, I'll just bet that you look ravishing in that sleek new sports car...with your color-coordinated driving outfit, you'll turn the town green with envy....Rednecks turning green?

By: mg357 on 3/28/11 at 10:32

If history has taught us anything, we all know the saying *white flight.* That is pecisely what happened in Detroit and is occurring as we speak in various parts of the country i.e. Memphis. There isn't one among us who hasn't watched documentaries on the slum sections of Chicago and the debauchery that occurred following Katrina in New Orleans. The most recent problem in my thoughts are the new census facts; 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children here are Hispanic. The white population will soon become the minority. Even the black folks are isolating themselves from the less desirables. Souvenir and anchor babies are being spawned at an alarming rate which is a burden that doesn't belong on the shoulders of society. When you choose the behavior; you choose the consequences and it should be your problem not your neighbor's...........mg

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 10:32

Loner, you are absolutely correct. I'm still beautiful and fabulous. Skin is still flawless, body is still beautiful, clothing is high fashion, mug is beat, shoes are to die for, etc, etc. Need I say more your sweetness?

By: 615don on 3/28/11 at 10:33

Thank You City Paper for addressing this long standing issue in the city of Nashville. I registered just to comment on this particular article. I was born and raised in Nashville and here I remain. But, let's face it Nashville has an innate desire to be a basten for white people to feel like they have a place of their own. It's rooted in the " good ole boy" ideaology and politics that persist into 2011! This city would rather pass on economic growth, if it means being more welcoming and receptive to blacks. The two major things Atlanta, Charlotte and Dallas all have in common is economic growth and more black people. In short, Nashville "NEEDS" a shaking up from it's staus quo... sooner than later.

By: 615don on 3/28/11 at 10:35

By the way, to New York 1, I am a black landscaper and would greatly appreciate your business. So, keep me in mind!

By: BigPapa on 3/28/11 at 10:46

"This city would rather pass on economic growth, if it means being more welcoming and receptive to blacks." Name something, cite an example.. dont just talk out the side of your neck.
Whites dont protest, or take the to the streets, they just move. They vote with their feet. Everyone I know that voted for Obama also lives in one the donut counties w/ about a 1-2% black population. They claim it's for the "better schools" but then when asked what makes MtJuliet better than McGavock there's hushed silence.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 10:52

Hey BigDaddy.... long time no typing.

By: mg357 on 3/28/11 at 10:53

Right on Bigpapa; we move and take our tax dollars with us. Oh; I didn't vote for Obama and the ones who did see the folly in that choice now I think. What say you?

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 11:06

I know you guys have missed me dearly and I know your breathing has been labored waiting for my regular daily comments, but I've been traveling a lot. I'm back home for good for a while and will be on here more often. I've been in Europe on a regular basis and have fallen madly in love with Italy. OMG, I would absolutely love to move there permanently. The men are gorgeous and the fashion is to die for. You can not beat that combination. The food is good and wine is great. There's nothing better than a gorgeous man in high fashion over a good meal while getting drunk. Have mercy!

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 11:08

mg357, you sound like you could use one ole @$$ whoopin. Yes, New Yorker is back baby. I hope you're ready.

By: mg357 on 3/28/11 at 11:14

Newyorker; I am a 67 year old woman. Unless they rewrote the Constitution and didn't tell me, I still have the right to state my opinion.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 11:17

IMO, the "white flight" in the South can attributed to two major reasons:

1. The Good Reason: Public school's had taken God out of the public school classroom.....suburban, private, Christian schools were the only Godly alternative.

2. The Real Reason: As a result of the Civil Rights Law, Negroes were now sharing the same air as white students, in integrated public school classrooms.... to the Southern segregationists, this was intolerable.

Urban Southern school districts suffered the most from this race-based wholesale abandonment of the public school idea....nowadays, these schools are contemptuously called "government schools".

Segregation has thus been artificially preserved.....under the banner of Christianity. And the Judeo-Christian madrassas are churning out zealous young theocrats for Christ.....that's perfect...we are going to need lots of holy warriors, if we are going to make the world safe for apartheid Zionism in Palestine....we have embarked upon a modern-day crusade....Armageddon, dead ahead.

By: mg357 on 3/28/11 at 11:23

Loner; taking God out of schools in my opinion is the biggest of the 2 mistakes. As far as Israel is concerned, They will nuke the first serious aggressor, do you concur? The whole world is in chaos!

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 11:24

New Yorker 1, apparently you did not visit the leaning tower at Pisa, Italy...if you had, we'd be reading that the sagging tower was now fully erect.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 11:44

Mg, IMO, matters of church should remain within the church.

Matters of state, such as taxpayer-funded public education, are the responsibility of secular government, not the churches, temples synagogues, mosques, sweat lodges or whatever. They should mind their own business.

As for Israel; the IDF is gearing up for another ground and air assault on the Gaza Strip...sources predict that this will be bigger than Cast Lead, the 2008-09 war in which 1,400 Palestinians were killed...mostly civilians.

While Uncle Sam is fighting a 3-front holy war, largely at Israel's behest, the Netanyahu-led Jewish state will take advantage of the distraction, in an attempt to annihilate Hamas in Gaza....I mean wipe them out. The timing is right.

The israelis claim that they need to go in, because of rocket and mortar attacks coming from Gaza....the primary reasons are more obscure. A large-scale attack on Gaza will destroy what's left of the tattered Peace process....that's the real goal of the Israeli government, IMHO.

By: Nitzche on 3/28/11 at 11:52

FRIENDS OF SIDWELL----oh, this is where Obama's kids go to school? Public, I think not. Why? You would have to ask him?...I think we all know why.....so crawl under my rock, put down my cave man club,, blah, blahtake off the hood,

By: BigPapa on 3/28/11 at 12:06

Loner you are only partically right. White moved once segregation and bussing came about. Look around, look at Mt Juliet, Hendersonville, Laverne, Smyrna.. these were little bumps in the road that have seen the populations swell due to people "self segreating." I dont think God had anything to do with it. The private schools and these small all white communites all trace their big explosions to the late 60's early 70's.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 12:12

Nitzche, if any President of the USA sent their kid{s) to a public school(s), the security issues would be daunting, to say the least.

If President Obama did such a thing, I expect that the right-wingers would accuse him of grandstanding...on the public dime...the expenses involved would be tabulated and posted on every GOP talking-points memo. FOX news, Limbaugh and Beck would lambaste the idea as pandering to the "false-Messianicists" on the left.

Sidwell has been vetted and is a proven success....Obama would be a fool to send his kids to public schools and I suspect that you know that, Nitzche....you'd love to see him fail...you're still pining for John McCain and the lovely Sarah Palin....get over it.

By: Nitzche on 3/28/11 at 12:17

I guess Jesse Jackson has the same security reasons?

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 12:20

You are right, BigPapa, using the cover of Christianity, the whites fled the public schools and urban centers...that was just cover...the real reasons were more along those that you suggested, Papa. The white flight was and remains a race-based thing posing as a faith-based thing....a shameful sham, a sinful scam and a theological flimflam.

By: Nitzche on 3/28/11 at 12:21

oh , I forgot Harold Ford,jr. at St.. Albans,,,right, more security?

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 12:25

Lousy analogy, Nitzche....Jesse Jackson is an old man whose kids have already grown up...he's no Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.

What is the point that you are trying to establish with that flawed Jackson-Obama analogy? Are you insinuating that they are both uppity Negroes?

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 12:30

Ah, throwing in Harold Ford Junior in the equation reveals this to be race-based argument...Obama, Jackson and Ford are all black men and they all sent their kids to private schools...so what? If they paid for the private schooling themselves, not billing the taxpayers, then let them enjoy the fruits of their wealth...or are whites the only race allowed to do that, Nitzche?

I think that you should be thinking "class warfare", not "race warfare"...the color of a man's money is the color that really counts...remember OJ Simpson?

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 12:37

mg357, you are correct. You do have a right to your opinion. I apologize.

Loner, you are cracking me up. I LOVE IT.

BigDaddy, my house tonight for wine?

By: GUARDIAN on 3/28/11 at 12:48

GUARDIAN-The only difference between the KKK and the NAACP is the color of their hoods and the KKK has no race card to play. They share one big trait and no it's not bigotry in general. It's the hate for Israel and the Jews. People can get along but bigots can't. Nashville would be better off without either. One only needs to look at when the great cites of America stopped growing economically to understand the problem. As far as Israel goes. GOD with protect his chosen people and America will always help protect Israel regardless of what the bigots want.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 1:09

Does Israel have cute men and high fashion? What about shoes there?

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 1:13

Guardian equates criticism of the US-Israel special relationship with bigotry. Anyone who rejects the Chosen People- Promised Land idea is automatically an anti-Semite?

Supporting the idea of sending the Negroes back to Africa is blatant bigotry...but the idea of sending the Jews back to Palestine is not bigotry?

Apartheid in South Africa was evil; but Jews-Only housing units on stolen Arab land is prophecy fulfillment?

How can this be?

Could it be that US Christians are useful idiots for apartheid Zionism? Or are they cleverly trying to rid the US of its Jews...making Amerika Juden Frei?

By: NewYorker1 on 3/28/11 at 1:16

Isn't Israel is one of those places where they might cut off your head, which makes for a really bad hair day. No thanks, I won't be visiting there. I can see me walking down the street looking all cute and the next thing I know my head of separated from my gorgeous highly-fashioned body.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 1:18

Thank you NY1.

They have great headwear in Israel, New Yorker 1, every Presidential candidate has donned the required yarmulke....the most popular footwear in the Zionist state remains those fashionable, IDF, steel-toed, combat boots.....with silver Magen David heel spurs. Very Chic...very sharp too.

By: Loner on 3/28/11 at 1:22

No, in Israel they do not cut off the heads of the non-believers...they blow them off...leaving a lingering cloud of pink mist. Sometimes they melt them off using made-in-USA white phosphorous munitions....during Cast Lead, Arab babies melted in their mother's arms....it's all in the UN Goldstone Report...which the USA condemned and rejected....still some knuckle-draggers wonder why the Arabs in the ME tend to hate our guts.