1999-07-03 / Columnists

From the G-Man

Shooting Off Some Fireworks
by Gary G. Toms

Hey people! The first thing I want to do this week is tell you about a great opportunity. If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned car, I’ve got just the place for you. Park Avenue Auto has a nice selection of cars, and they have anything from Lexus’ to BMW’s. I recently purchased a 1992 Mitsubishi Diamante for my girlfriend, and the car is more than exceptional. Also, the customer service is outstanding, and the owners cater to your every need. The lot is located at 161-10 Hillside Avenue in Jamaica. So if you want a great deal, go down and talk to Tony Russo and his boys. Tell him the G-man hooked you up.

I want to move on now to the main topic of this week’s column. The G-man has not been a happy camper lately, and there are three big reasons for this. They are the NAACP, The National Urban League and The National Action Network. You see, I have made many phone calls, and sent faxes, to all of these organizations, and none of them has ever bothered to give me so much as a courtesy call back. I had come up with some very innovative methods of handling many problems concerning inner city youth, and I had hoped to work in tandem with these organizations to make these ideas a reality. The only thing I got from them was dissed, and to make matters worse, they only seemed interested in having me pay membership fees to join. I’ll bet if Denzel Washington or Gregory Hines called them, they would have all the time in the world for them! I guess since I’m "Joe Nobody", I’m not worth even a call back. For people who are supposed to be working for the betterment of the black communities, and black people in general, these organizations should do a much better job of reaching out to those looking to take part in the struggle. I should not have to wait four months, and still counting, for a response from you clowns. "Jacky" awards for all of you!

The next thing that I want to address is how there are several stores, or bodegas, in Far Rockaway getting away with robbery. Now with all due respect to my Latino readers, I have been the victim of "the incorrect change syndrome" one time too many to believe it’s sheer coincidence. It happened five times in one store and three times in two other stores. This is not about me calling Latinos thieves or crooks. It’s about me exposing those who are doing harm to the communities. If they were black or caucasian, I’d call them out just the same. I won’t release the names of these stores because they know who they are, and they read and sell this publication. Take note, I’m on to you sorry jackasses, and many others from the community are too. I’ve heard their complaints, and I’ve got a few of my own. So I suggest you stop the nonsense before you have boycotts in front of your stores. You’re in business to serve the public, not rip them off.

Finally, someone asked me recently if I always see things as black and white, and is this all they can look forward to when I write my column. The answer is no. I do not always see things as black and white, but given certain situations like slavery, apartheid, Jim Crow, segregated schools and military units, the Ku Klux Klan, predominantly white television shows and political representatives, people who lock their car doors or grab their purses when I approach, the dragging death of James Byrd, police brutality, home and car rental agencies who practice racial discrimination and "the old boys network," it’s pretty hard not to see things.... as black and white. Think about this. If white people in this country could be black for six months, how many of them do you think would jump at the chance; honestly?

See you next week, and remember, the G-man’s no racist. He just likes provoking thought and kicking ...


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