A footnote on Mohammed Cartoons
This morning nashvillepost.com moved a story about Belmont and Hobbs parting ways. This afternoon I got a call from a reporter at the Tennessean asking questions about the whole affair.
I directed the Tennessean reporter to go to this blog and read for herself the exchange that occured a few days ago on the matter. I added the notion that we bloggers operate in something of a fish bowl, and as such we can be and should be held accountable for what we write and with whom we associate on our blogs. Within a few minutes of her call to me, the reporter and I parted ways.
But on my way home, having left the office a bit early to join my family on this Good Friday, something happened that made me call back the Tennessean reporter to offer a footnote to our earlier conversation.
As I pulled into my multi-racial, multi-cultural subdivision in West Nashville, I drove past a small group of children whom I know to be members of several Muslim neighborhood families playing in a yard up the street from my home. One of the children, a young girl, waved at me and smiled. In an instant it became clear to me why I had written as I did about the blog Mohammed Cartoons.
I called the Tennessean reporter to tell her that had I not pointed out the insensitivity of the blog, I would have had trouble facing my neighbors; the children and their parents who walk our sidewalks each day and call out in friendship at every opportunity. "Shame on me," I told the reporter, "if I hadn't taken a stand on this matter."
I don't know if Hobbs and Belmont parted ways because of Mohammed Cartoons. I don't know if Hobbs removed himself from Bryson's blog team because of Mohammed Cartoons. But I do know why I did what I did, and I feel better for having done it.