2011-11-18 / Letters

Occupy Rockaway Coming Soon

Dear Editor,

The November 11 Wave had a letter comparing the scene outside the bar on 102 Street with that of Zuccotti Park. There is nothing in common between the two scenes.

However, the writer, Robert Gamere, makes clear what he thinks of the Occupy Wall Street movement without mentioning it. He uses what in Rhetoric is called an “identification smear,” like comparing mothers receiving help for their kids to “Welfare Queens,” or calling anyone who supports Muslim neighbors a “friend of terrorism.”

Unfortunately, we have a habit of doing this in our country. The young people in Zuccotti Park are very different from those who angered Gabere.

They and others around the country and the world are showing their concern for the economic system that has taken their parents’ homes away, has put their relatives out of a job, and has made it impossible for them to pay off their college loans.

They are putting their spare time to making a statement, not to drinking and brawling like SOME of the denizens of Beach102 Street (about whom I share Gabere’s indignation).

This little communications lesson may help us understand what the mainstream media do to us when they slant their reporting.

Anyone interested in honoring those of Zuccotti Park by organizing to educate themselves in Rockaway can contact me at OccupyRockaway@Leer EsPoder.com.

FRANK GERACE

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