2008-12-12 / Letters

Wave Not Racist

Dear Editor,

This is in response to Edwin Williams' article titled "Your Racial Local Newspaper" dated 11/28/08.

Mr. Williams, how can this paper be racist? You say all you see is negativity and that they are constantly showing African Americans in a negative light. The Wave didn't put these people there. They chose their own path and made their own negative choices.

Believe me there are positive African Americans out there that The Wave does recognize. Did you see the front page? It featured African Americans from Far Rockaway High School playing football.

Did you read "Just Be Clever?" I read the entire paper and see many positive African Americans being praised for their achievements. I read about black businesses, black congressmen and women and black students among other positive things African Americans have done.

Have you read about our African Americans who won boxing trophies at the USA Metropolitan Boxing Championships?

Have you read about some of our young African Americans from P.S. 43 who visited the Museum of Modern Art?

I personally would like information on anyone who is a threat to this community. Don't you want your children to be safe? Don't you think it's good you can show your child whom to avoid?

Tell me, you wouldn't want your child unknowingly speaking to a sex offender, giving out his/her address and information.

If my child were to get hurt by anyone, I would like The Wave to print it and let the community know who was responsible, no matter the gender, age or race.

On another note, Obama was featured in papers across the nation. Like you said in your title, The Wave is a local paper. They are not The Daily News or The New York Post. They don't have people flying and traveling all over to get the news. They inform their community on local happenings, which larger-scale papers don't cover or know anything about.

All during the campaign and even now, The Wave always spoke of and have respected Obama.

You want to write something to The Wave, Mr. Williams? Write to plead with these negative African Americans to stop black-on-black crime. Tell them to stop giving The Wave something to write about.

Have you ever heard of the Rhyte Hitters? It's a young African American group who raps about positive things. The Wave features them very often.

By the way, a racist is defined as one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance. I have yet to see that in this paper.

CYNTHIA SMALLS-WILLIAMS

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