2002-12-21 / Letters

Like Strom Thurmond

Like Strom Thurmond

Dear Editor;

You have already demonstrated your obsession for reporting inaccuracies and/or straight-up lies as evidenced in your November 30, 2002 article, quoting a remark that I never made.

I hope that you will have the guts to print my rebuttal in its entirety for which your December 14 article reads, "once again inaccurate remarks that I never made." I want to be clear on a number of issues with you. First, you have gone over the line by stating I and those who you have no guts to name have a racial agenda.

As the President of the Far Rockaway Chapter of the NAACP, it is my responsibility and that of the Chapter to investigate and respond to racial, discriminatory and civil rights inequities and/or violations.

My responsibility as a community liaison for the distinguished Congressman Gregory W. Meeks has no relationship to my responsibilities as the President of the Far Rockaway NAACP chapter. I know that you are trying to imply that there is, but that's not going to work Howie.

In spite of your bias journalistic reporting on people of color, I will not allow you to poison relationships between me and/or the black and white community of the Rockaways, with your lies and/or hidden racism behind the desk of a community newspaper organization.

You do not serve the history or the ownership of The Wave and our community well when you report falsehoods and divisive journalism. Your bias and disdain for people of color is no different then the platform that Strom Thurmond ran on for President in 1948 as a staunch segregationist.

As fighters for freedom, for dignity, for equal justice under law, we need not ask ourselves why is ours a lofty mission, for many of our ancestors lived without freedom as indentured servants in what was to become known as the peculiar institution of American slavery.

We learned the hard way that emancipation did not necessarily mean the ending of oppression. Many of us grew up in the other America, forced to see firsthand the signs that read "For Whites Only" and made to live under a system that resulted in the daily denial of rights and the disallowing of liberties. So it is both proper and fitting that the Far Rockaway NAACP Chapter, would fight despite the odds to procure those rights, to savor those liberties, and to insist on equal justice under law for people of all races.

Finally, as far as you being a mind reader, I think that would be difficult for you, if you can't remember what I said; ask the 125 community residents in attendance that night, including the Superintendent Matthew Bromme; then how could I expect you to be a mind reader.

ED WILLIAMS


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