Post Card Delivers Hate Message To Hispanic Family 8-22-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Post Card Delivers Hate Message To Hispanic Family 8-22-2010

Reported by Heather Jensen
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
A simple post card sent an unwelcome message to a Nashville family Tuesday. The message was handwritten with a Nashville postmark.
The recipient, a Caucasian-Hispanic woman, asked not to be identified out of fear for her family's safety. She said she feels she and her Hispanic family were targeted because the post card bears her family's name and exact address.
The message on the card refers to Arizona's recently passed and currently contested immigration law. The sender clearly supports the controversial legislation and goes so far as to call immigrants criminals and heathens.
"I'm very ashamed of the person who sent this card. I'm ashamed of who they are and what they represent," said the woman.
The Arizona law has sparked debates across the country. In July, eight Tennessee lawmakers traveled to Arizona to support the immigration provisions and to get ideas on how to craft a similar bill for the state.
The Nashville woman said she doesn't know what pushed someone to send her family a personal immigration message, but she wants it to stop.
As for the post card that reads, "If you cared for America, you would support Arizona," the woman said, "I don't back bigotry."
The family has filed a police report and plans to turn over the post card to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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