2001-06-09 / Editorial/Opinion

Do a Humpty-Dumpty for Rockaway

Ten years ago, on June 8, 1991, the front page of The Wave blared the community’s ire over the just-completed redistricting of our City Council seat. "Discontent Rampant in City Council Districting," the headline said. It is now ten years later and we still believe that headline makes sense today. Why was Rockaway split like a barbequed chicken? The words of the commission that did the deed still resonate today. "We thought about leaving Rockaway in one district," the spokesperson said at the time. "We rejected it because the testimony of Black groups on the peninsula was that they could not work with White groups. Basically, there was a decision to attend to the higher priority of creating a minority district." We think that it now time to reverse that decision and to put Rockaway back together again. It will not take all the king’s horses nor all the king’s men. What it will take is for our legislative leaders in both the State Senate and the State Assembly to see our plight and decide that something should be done. That will take some active lobbying from our local representatives and a strong push from our civic leaders. What has been done can always be undone, and now is the time to undo the rape of the Rockaway community.

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