2001-01-27 / Letters

Critique Of Meeting

Critique Of Meeting

Dear Editor;

While there are many critiques I could offer up about the co-called town hall meeting that took place last Thursday at MS 198 (The Mason Center), called as a result of the Tommy Johnson tragedy, I’ll mention two. I am sure that others (including the illustrious G-Man who was in attendance) will be expressing their comments and observations in these pages in subsequent weeks.

First, there was no prayer offered up at the beginning. Lest it be forgotten, except the Most High and Sovereign Lord truly serves as the source, origin and cause for any effort, it will not succeed. And truly He is the real and only solution to the problem folks we’re supposedly gathered to address. The power and success of Dr. King’s efforts to effect socio-political change was in his non-commitment to politics. Instead, the source of his power and strength was in his commitment to doing what he believed to be The Most High God’s Will – first and foremost.

Secondly, all politics aside, you cannot genuinely and sincerely discuss the plight, conditions, problems or negative circumstances of Black people in Rockaway without having two individuals being actively involved: David Hooks and Ernest Brown (and his wife, actually). These individuals have been part of Rockaway for decades. Besides if the youth are the concern, if Hooks or Brown don’t know the young people specifically – they know their parents, grandparents or other relatives.

One last thing: Sorry to hear about the passing of Mi-Asia (Renee Henry). She’s one of the queens of Rockaway from way back in the day. Condolences to the family.

TIMOTHY AARON-STYLES


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