What The New York Times Didn`t Tell You About Nashville`s Kurdish Gangs—And The Patriotic Backlash

When Nashville, Tennessee, is mentioned, most people
immediately think of the quintessentially

America community that is home to the

Grand Old Opry
and a lot of excellent country music.


Patsy Cline
would be surprised to see the changes
that have overtaken her musical home. Nashville has
experienced a

rapid influx of Hispanics
and others: now, around

one in eight is foreign-born

With that has come the usual

social churning
, increased


culture collision
that are the normal byproduct of

sudden demographic change
created by

unwise immigration policy.

In fact, immigration-driven diversity speeds along so
fast that it can be hard to keep up. The New York
—ever the promoter

of liberal one-worldism
—noted a bump in the road to

with the recent advent in Nashville of the
nation`s apparently first

street gang. There are 8,000

Kurds in Nashville,
we learn, and some are
criminally inclined.

Naturally, the NYT coverage was warmly
accepting and

—as far as was

with a

criminal gang
accused of murder,

, drug dealing and

. (Which is quite possible, it turns out.)

think they`re really confused,` said Rebaz
[Send him

] a 22-year-old regional director of the

Kurdish American Youth Organization
who lives here.
`They really think that they`re helping, but they`re
actually messing it up bad.`

“Police view Kurdish
Pride as being as serious a problem as older, more
established gangs,
[Nashville police detective Mark]
Anderson said. But there is a difference: `Kurdish
Pride are not the kind of kids that normally join
Nashville, a Street Gang Emerges in a Kurdish Enclave

by Theo Emery New York Times July 15, 2007]

Those darn kids!

Back in Tennessee,

local reporting
was more serious.

One sensible point made in the local coverage: the
Kurds had to develop a strong martial attitude to
survive the

rough neighborhood
of the Middle East as a nation
without a state. Those who immigrated to America brought
that cultural trait with them. Young Nashville Kurds
facing challenges on the playground didn`t seek out

counseling at school, they
formed a group of like-minded peers. In other words, a

the children of those immigrants were picked on in
school, Salam and others like him have explained, they
didn`t go to their teachers or fight back individually,
they banded together. Strength in numbers was how their
parents survived against the Iraqi Army`s attempt to
eliminate them.
gang`s violent roots traced back to violent homeland

, by Jared Allan, Nashville City Paper, July 5,

But understanding why

certain immigrant groups
are predisposed to form
gangs is not the same as

it—much less

justifying their presence in the U.S. in the first

From a psychological viewpoint, any immigration
creates the perfect matrix for gangs. Social relocation

extremely stressful
for families. It divides the
young generation from the older ones. Immigrant parents
are often busy with

establishing a home,
learning the

and getting an employment foothold. They
have less time for actively raising the kids. Negative

pop culture
often fills the gap.

Young immigrants and children of immigrants are
neither fish nor fowl, not entirely of either society. I

pointed out
that they seem notably prone to killing
Mass Murder Syndrome
. They are also very prone
to joining gangs because only there do they find kindred
spirits with similar experiences.

As is too often the case now, when there is far too
much immigration for the

proper sort of assimilation
to occur, many young
immigrants combine the worst of their culture with the
worst of ours. Kurdish gangsters are a tough bunch to
begin with and they have

the US

style of crime, with gangsta outfits,

identifying hand signs
and really bad spelling as
displayed on the Myspace.com websites they create (YO
, etc.).

There is a lot of youthful posturing mixed in, to be
sure. But make no mistake: Some of these characters are
genuinely bad criminals, like the

four members of the Kurdish Pride Gang
(KPG) who are
in jail for the attempted murder of a Metro Parks
officer in

Edwin Warner Park
last August.

And need it be mentioned that these men are

? A desire to quit crime might easily mean a
switch from gangstering to

jihadist pursuits
. Some already profess an
admiration for Osama bin Laden. A turn for the worse in
the beloved homeland of


America`s messy withdrawal from Iraq
politicize Kurdish Pride and their friends in a violent

Nashville city council candidate

Jim Boyd
has put local immigration enforcement at
the top of his campaign agenda after seeing the rapid
changes in his community. He was particularly shocked by
the pro-amnesty rally in spring 2006 where he saw

many non-US flags
and heard foreigners chanting
"Down with America."

Boyd described to me how the Kurds were welcomed in
the first place: "The reason we have Kurdish gangs is
because of our Southern hospitality. We

didn`t know what kind of people
we were getting."

That description sounded a lot like

Roy Beck`s
1994 ground-breaking article,

The Ordeal of Immigration in Wausau,

overly kind church people

carried away with their generosity
and ended up
welcoming a passel of


trouble on the community
for years to come.

The Kurdish gang problem is just the latest episode
in a crescendo of shocking immigrant and illegal alien

crime stories
over the last couple years in
Nashville. Unlike the MSM, which continues to

with illegal aliens, VDARE.com has
covered the crimes with emphasis on the victims and
their families.

  • Sean and Donna Wilson
    died in a crash
    caused by a drunk-driving illegal alien with a
    lengthy rap sheet. The tragic deaths caused
    community outrage because Gustavo Reyes Garcia was
    absolutely someone who should have been deported,
    considering that he had been arrested 14 times and
    had six DUIs. Garcia was sentenced in April to

    25 years in prison
    . He used to opportunity of
    his court appearance to

    blame the deaths
    on weak law enforcement.

  • Charlie Derrington
    was also killed in a
    traffic crash with a previously arrested
    drunk-driving illegal alien. Charlie was well-known
    among mandolin fans for his love of the instrument
    and expertise in their construction in his work at

    Gibson Guitar Corporation
    of Nashville.

An exacerbating problem for increasing illegal
immigration to Nashville was the

easy availability
of Tennessee driver`s licenses to
any and all comers for years. In 2004 the state law was
amended (not without

legal objections
from the usual suspects at LULAC,
etc.). But by then a bad crowd had already been

The good news in Nashville: increased foreigner crime
over the last few years has caused outraged citizens and

victim family members like Heather Steffek
to insist
upon better law enforcement. As a result, the city has

, a

provision in federal law which
facilitates determining the immigration status of
arrested foreign-born persons. In a recent two-month
period (4/16-6/18),

605 of 802 arrested foreigners were found to be illegal

and were placed in

removal proceeding.

That sounds like a good start.

It`s a scandal that

many deaths

much pain
were required for Nashville law
enforcement to

do its job
regarding foreign lawbreakers.

But it could be the beginning of a larger turnaround


for the city and beyond.

Brenda Walker (email

her) lives in Northern California and publishes
two websites,




She occasionally enjoys enchiladas but lately has been
rekindling her fondness for good old American-style
meatloaf with ketchup.