2001-11-24 / Editorial/Opinion

We Are Divided, But…

We Are Divided, But…

As noted in "From The Editor’s Desk", Jim Dwyer, a writer for the New York Times, seemed to make the point that people from outside of the Belle Harbor community, specifically those of color, were being excluded through a series of "No Parking" signs posted throughout the area. Although there is no doubt that the article will draw the ire of many Belle Harbor residents, the fact remains that there is little in the way of minority representation in the area. No one can say, with any degree of certainty, that this is a deliberate attempt by the residents of Belle Harbor, real estate representatives or civic organizations, but one thing is very clear; people from all along the peninsula are praying and grieving together after these unspeakable tragedies. The crash of Flight 587 did not occur to simply shed light on the fact that Belle Harbor is full of white people, and such thoughts are asinine. It was an unfortunate tragedy that ended up bringing different cultures together to love and support one another during a difficult time. Yes, the peninsula is racially divided, and there is no denying it. However, through these painful periods, people are finding ways to welcome new relationships with those they have never had the pleasure of knowing previously, and it will make the Rockaways a stronger community.

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