2008-11-28 / Letters

Why No Obama Coverage?

Dear Editor,

As I sit at my desk my mind wanders along the lonely road of my existence. A road that took me from the American paradise and for the past 33 years to Arverne, New York. It is a road that unfortunately I lived during my teenage years which I experienced the death of five great men that tried to bring order and peace to this country and the world; those years spanned from 1963 to 1968. I can still hear the chant of "we shall overcome"; the words in the "I Have a Dream" speech. The slings and arrows of racism that plagued this country had finally come to an end on November 4, 2008. When I heard the words, "I have news. There will be children living in the White House," I leaped and cheered and called everyone as I was doing all evening. My mother, who is a senior citizen, was crying because it was a day that she thought she would never see. The tears that rolled down my cheek were for those five men and many others that suffered during our long, long turbulent struggle. America had finally reached maturity. My pride was not shared only in this country, but in Kenya, Japan, Mexico, and Europe. It was as if being awoken from a restless night's sleep.

Where were my elected officials of Far Rockaway? The world rejoiced, papers were sold out all over the nation, but not a mention in The Wave, a community paper, of this very important feat. In 1893, slavery was the economic trade of that time. Haven't we moved forward since then? Are we still allowing racism to dictate our behavior? A metamorphosis has begun and one of the oldest periodicals in Queens did not have the professional courtesy to acknowledge the most exciting, historic election of our time.

I'll close by saying that in time, as America came to maturity, I hope so will The Wave. In the event that you intend to do another caricature of our new president, please hire a more talented artist. Thank you.


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