Inmate Speaks Out
I am a 24-year-old black male and a lifelong Rockaway resident (Ocean Bay Houses). I really want to comment on the issue about The Wave being racist. I've read the letter and was disgusted at my own people for even going that route with our hometown paper. For one, I can back The Wave 100 percent and what Cynthia Smalls-Williams said, the negative coverage we bring on ourselves. I for one was published in The Wave for doing good things such as playing football, basketball and baseball for the Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC). Then I chose a path filled with drugs, guns and violence. Who's to blame? Me, not my parents, because God knows my loved ones tried their best. Not The Wave for publishing it.
I believe we (blacks) need to start taking full responsibility for our ways and actions … now and forever. As of now I have grown and matured so much. I received my GED and now I'm taking college courses, all inside the prison system! Why? Because I am taking full responsibility for my life and the direction it's heading. I love The Wave newspaper. It keeps us all posted on the happenings and current events of the Rockaways. Just not too long ago, I wrote to the editor from prison and asked to have my younger sister's picture printed in the milestones section of The Wave, because she graduated from high school. The Wave welcomed her achievements with open arms. You wouldn't believe the amount of love I received from my family and friends for that, and the smile I put on my sister's face. So when you people start pointing the finger, remember there are four more pointing back at you.
LORENZE "BENSO" GASTON