After the state senate failed to give immigration activist Renata Soto recognition for her work here in Nashville (she’s the founder of Conexión Americas), Mayor Barry came out in support of the new chairperson of the National Council of La Raza:
This was after one state senator objected to the proposed resolution because he said that La Raza is like a gang. Some, like Senator Jeff Yarbro, are confused by the senate’s refusal to honor her:
Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, said the Senate routinely honors recipients ranging from Tennesseans who appear on national reality television shows to county fair winners.
“The notion that we wouldn’t recognize this vital leader is perplexing,” he said. “It unquestionably sends the wrong message about the kind of people we are here in Tennessee. Tennesseans are a friendly, hospitable and welcoming people.”