Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Council members attacking Nashville's racism

Three Metro Nashville council members are drafting a resolition to ensure that affordable housing developments are spread throughout Davidson County and not just dumped on predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

The members call the existing policy discriminatory, and they're right. The bigotry that is rife throughout Nashville, its public policy, its lack of public policy and in its schools and law enforecement is sickening. And it shows that Nashville is indeed not a progressive city.

Black residents have had to fight a Tennessean columnist, Habitat for Humanity and elected leaders who are lapdogs for the chamber of commerce in trying to stop the Park Preserve development in north Nashville. The development may grow to more to 300 units in an area already inundated with enough traffic endangering children and families.

But these residents were unsuccessful in their efforts because everything from landfills to low-income housing is supposed to be dumped on minority neighborhoods, according to Nashville's legacy of bigtory.

The resolution proposed by the council members is finally a positive step toward adressing Nashville's racism. To read more, go to: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=63729

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