2001-08-25 / Letters

Connecting The Dots…

Dear Editor;

The town hall meeting held by Congressman Gregory Meeks on August 15, in my opinion, was an outrage and a total disrespect to the residents of District 31. How dare he set rules and screen our questions. After all, it is our votes that got him to Washington to get answers for us. Instead, he comes back as a dictator with no answers and nothing to say. Did you see how dumbfounded he was when a resident asked him about the toxic dumping in Jamaica Bay? He had no idea what she was talking about. I, myself was not surprised, thinking back quote unquote, when I asked Councilwoman Juanita Watkins at a meeting, "Where was the Congressman?" Her response was that "he’s busy moving around the country making a name for himself." That’s why he had no answers to give.

Another disturbing part of that meeting was when he had a woman from HOPE VI stand at the platform and respond to questions she’s been asked often, "Will our rent go up under the HOPE VI program?" What bothered me was the fact that neither the Congressman nor the vagabond of the coalition to save public housing defended that question, when it should have been asked, "At what level does HOPE VI start and what role does substance play?"

Ladies and Gentlemen, community of color, as I’ve said in the past I’ll reiterate it again, the political arena is nothing more than prostitutes for corporate America. The grass root of our problem is the Negroes. Yes, I said the Negroes. Let me make myself abundantly clear, every community from the whitest to the darkest, has Blacks, Latinos, and Whites being labeled along with these Negroes. Positive Blacks, Latinos and Whites are in full support of their communities and respect one another enough to keep abreast of what’s going on. On the other hand, Negroes are self-centered and think about oneself and stand still with one hand out, the other hand scratching, not knowing whether they’re going forward, backwards, or sideways.

Until we can get a vision and distinguish the difference there will always be problems. Peace!

J.T. HOLLAND


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