2002-09-14 / Columnists

From the G-Man

By Gary G. Toms

Scorpions Sting When Provoked

There are those within the Rockaway community (at the east and west ends) who think that I have a bitter disposition because of the positions I take on certain issues. The more people I come into contact with, the more I'm told, "Wow, you were really upset last week," or "I'd hate to get on your bad side."

I am always amused by these comments because I don't think that I am bitter about anything. I just happen to write about certain social conditions, or people, that have, or may have, a major impact on how we live, think and act. Most of the time these things and people annoy me to the point where I have to speak out. Let me give you an example.

A few weeks ago, Lizzie Grubman, who gave new meaning to the term "Back that a.. up!" was sentenced to 60 days in prison for mowing down 16 people with her daddy's SUV at a Hampton's nightclub. Grubman had faced a 26-count indictment that included charges of second- and third-degree assault, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and DWI. She got 60 days in prison! Let me say that again. She got 60 lousy days in prison!! I'm sorry, but this poor excuse for a woman gets no respect from me! I told you a while back that this was going to happen.

From The G-man - July 14, 2001

"Most of the daily papers had her ugly mug plastered all over the front page sobbing like some poor innocent victim. Well, that may play well for the cameras and future court appearances, but you'll get no sympathy from The G-man.

To be honest, I'm glad this happened because now the whole world will get to see, yet again, how the money, power and influence of a select group can trounce the justice system and its key players. Judges will be bought, cops will conveniently lose or misfile reports, people who witnessed the incident will be paid to shut their mouths and those who are filing lawsuits will eventually settle out of court with Grubman's attorneys.

This snobby boozehound will end up with a slap on the wrist if anything. If that happens, it will go a long way into proving that there is definitely a double standard for the wealthy when it comes to the justice system."

If it were you or I, we'd get the maximum, and end up being somebody's "sweet thang" in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. They would have to kill me before that ever happened! She'd better count her blessings that she wasn't standing before "Judge G-man" during sentencing.

For starters, I would've thrown the book at her...literally! I would've made sure I clocked her right upside her lop-sided head. Then, I would've slapped her with a sentence of 10-15 years, with no time off for good behavior. As court officers escorted "Grubby" out of the courtroom, I would slam down my gavel and say, "Oh, by the way. I'm tacking on three more years because you're ugly. Now get out of my courtroom you drunken skank!" Bitter you say.... I think not.

Another example that annoys me is when people say, "Why is he writing about national issues in his column? This is a local paper. He should stick to Rockaway issues." These people should wake up and smell the Cappuccino. National issues certainly affect people on a local level. If the people who think my attacks on the Bush Administration don't have "local" implications, let's see what they say when their precious sons and daughters (currently serving in the military) are sent into Iraq or other war ravaged countries, especially if these same parents think a US attack is wrong.

If I were to write about the stock market crashing (clearly a national issue) in my column next week, and the fact that it is a real possibility, (I predict in October), you mean to tell me that there wouldn't be a ripple effect that stretched all the way to Rockaway? Get real.

If I did a column on the number of child abductors and pedophiles in society (another national issue), would these same people still say that it is not a Rockaway issue? I'll tell you what they would do. They would make a beeline straight to The G-man the moment some sick creep tried to snatch up little Bobby and toss him in the trunk of a car parked along Beach Channel Drive. That Cappuccino is brewing...take a whiff.

I'll end on this note. I am VERY upset over the recent rash of shootings in the Far Rockaway area. It's as if people have lost their minds, and it's starting to take a toll on me. I try so hard to make Blacks, and other people of color, look damn good in this paper, in an effort to destroy negative stereotypes. My attempts become null and void when young "a holes" start shooting at people with reckless abandon and taking innocent lives? They are helping to increase the statistics on black-on-black crime, and all I can do is shake my head in anger, disgust, and sorrow. The more it happens, the harder it is for me to sleep at night. It isn't long before I start to feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. I'm sure I'm not the only one either.

Sometimes, I wonder if young people who read The Wave take what I do here seriously. Sadly, because of the increasing number of shootings, I don't think I'm getting through to the young people that really need to be reached. That hurts me deeply.

I take the murder of Thomas Johnson, Willie Velez and others who were victims of senseless violence personally. I can't help it. That's just how I am. It affects me on a deeper level because I live in close proximity to where a number of the shootings and murders are taking place. Something has got to give.

I will continue to do my part by using this column to tackle the subjects involving the black community, such as black-on-black crime, regardless if people view it as me catering to a certain constituency. I have recently received letters from individuals and community groups that seem to subscribe to this train of thought. Those people can keep turning the pages and skip my column as far as I'm concerned. Instead of copping this stupid attitude, they ought to be grateful that I'm trying to play "doctor" and deal with this "cancer" before it spreads to their precious community. Talk about ignorant!

Too many families are burying more and more young kids. Too many mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are crying over open caskets. Too many kids think that disputes are to be settled by pulling a trigger. I refuse to simply stand by and watch young black boys gun each other down like dogs! If people have a problem with that subject being in The Wave, or start to get upset because they feel this column caters to one particular group, they can go catch a cab to "Funky Town." The G-man will gladly pay their fare.

It will take the community, the people who represent us in government, and the churches to initiate major change. I have issued challenges to some of the most dangerous gangs in Rockaway and in the country, and I do not plan to stop. The people in "the projects" have to start doing their part to take back their communities. I'm doing my best to help in this fight, now I want to see where my soldiers are. Remember what Malcolm X said, "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem."

See you next week!

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