2002-12-07 / Letters

You've Got To Be Kidding?

You've Got To Be Kidding?

Dear Editor;

You have got to be kidding me! I am shocked and outraged that The Wave would print such a nasty and unjustified attack against one of their writers who just happens to be the most honest one on their staff! I'm referring to last week's letter by Patrick Maher, just another in a line of hatchet jobs against the G-Man. Well, Mr. Maher, it's time for Rockaway to hear the other side!

You want to know what The Wave is turning into? I'll tell you: It's turning into one honest voice that you won't ever be hearing in The Times, or in any of those other so called "newspapers" that wouldn't know the truth if it him them in the head. And the reason for that is because of the brother who you call "one pompous ass," Gary "The G-Man" Toms. And the things you call "pompous" other people call self-confidence. That's right, hard for you to figure that a black man could actually believe in himself, eh Mr. Maher? But then, what would you know about how some of us (who) live over in the east end of Rockaway. When was the last time you walked the streets and rapped with the people the way G-Man has been doing for years? It's called "courage." Can you say that word?

Why do you think he starts all his reports with the words, "Hey people?" Cause that's what he's all about; People. Like you and me. Yes, you, Mr. Maher. He's talking to you! But do you have the courage to hear? I guess maybe the G-Man is just a little too honest for you to handle. I guess his words cut to the core. Sometimes that hurts. Maybe he's "keeping it a little bit too real" for your taste. Well, not for me. As a black man living in Rockaway, the G-Man lets me hold my head up high and achieve to great things. I'm not afraid of how he made something for himself, got the success through the hard work that The Wave knows earned him - Yes, Earned HIM - the job as Associate Editor. Do I smell the green monster of jealousy, Mr. Maher?

You throw a lot of pretty numbers around to make your point. Well dig this news flash: if you include all the Hispanics who are really proud of their skin color, then you're looking at the fact - yes fact - that 51% of America's population is black. Yes, you heard that right; 51%. Look it up. And if you want to talk about all the so-called "crimes" that my people commit against you (oh no, the cops don't "profile." Yeah, right!), maybe you wouldn't worry so much about them stealing all of those nice things you got if you would just own up to your obligation....as in r-e-p-a-r-a-t-i-o-n-s. (How's your spelling?) Scary word, ain't it Mr. Maher. But I'm afraid it's high time your people did the right thing.

Hey Mr. Maher, try listening a little harder to what the G-Man is saying to all of us. I do. Maybe then you'll be able to feel the heartbeat of Far Rockaway. It's strong, but it's warm. Bravo, G-Man! You make me laugh and you make me cry. You got the guts to lay it all out there, no matter how shocking it may be. Best of all, you open my eyees to something that "Some people" are afraid of; the damn truth! Keep on keeping it real, my brother!

SHAMAAL McCUTCHIN


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