2008-09-05 / Letters

Racism Is Alive And Well

Dear Editor,

Concerning the issue of racism in the Rockaways, it's ludicrous at best to profess that any other reality exists.

Beyond the issue of the total difference in the two segments of the beach; please review the following: "The Round Robin" system that insured safe and first access to be had by those exiting at Beach 116 Street and "last" stop on the line. The fact - that although it is the last stop on the line - it was the first to receive any renovation and in open and depraved indifference to the law, from Mott Avenue, which is the main stop through 105 Street a climb of four flights of stairs is required!

In 1995 Disability Act mandated that structural changes must immediately be enacted to afford access to the disabled yet with some 87 new escalators not one exists on the Rockaway line.

What other reason than bias could explain the disparity in difference.

Any sickness only grows worse when we make believe it's not there. The avenue of cure is to take a real honest look and work towards real change. Without a truthful acknowledgement of the truth, the sickness of racism and bias will con- tinue to exist, hidden behind our own collective denial. It's alive and well.

Get Real.

AHMED ABDUL-JABBAR

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