Kurds want apology after GOP blog remark

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party says a comment he made on the group's Web site in discussing two convicted Kurdish gang members was taken out of context.

In the July posting, Doug Grindstaff criticized the media's lack of coverage of the two Nashville brothers in the Kurdish Pride gang who were convicted of attempted murder of an accused drug dealer.

Grindstaff also said that "there are 8,000 Kurdish immigrants living here in Nashville trying to repay our hospitality by robbing us and dealing drugs."

Tennessee Kurdish Community Council member Kovan Murat believes the comment was racially motivated and deserves an apology.

However, Grindstaff said his statements were aimed at the media and were taken out of context. As of Thursday, Grindstaff's comment had been removed from the Web site.

Nashville's Kurdish community is estimated to be about 10,000.

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