From: Tony Berkman (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Nov 27 2000 - 16:57:17 PST
I am sorry to have questioned your NYness. For the record, I grew up on
94th and Columbus, went to PS84, Wagner and Bronx Science, and have never
even been to Yonkers. I guess it's interesting how our experiences wrt
racism in this great city were so disparate.
At 02:21 PM 11/27/00 -0800, you wrote:
>On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Tony Berkman wrote:
>--]Well, I couldn't let this one pass without defending the city in which I
>--]grew up in and returned to after a brief respite for some formal education.
>I was born in the bronx, lived in the area of the burrough for 32 of my 36
>years. You can defend it all you want, but there in the middle of all the
>feel good isms and success stories are the most harsh racial conditions I
>have lived thru. Its brutal, in your face and unescapable unless you have
>an ostriches habits.
>--]subjected to immense scrutiny where race is concerned. And yes the racism
>--]exists, but how could it not with such an immense population.
>Your honor, I rest my case.
>--]If you found NYC to be one of the most racist cities you've ever been
>--]QUESTION how much you really got to know NY.
>Hey, numbnutz, i happen to be as newawk as it gets. You wnat to test that,
>step. Born in da bronx, lived in every one of the bog five, cept staten
>cause who wants that shit in thier lungs, and have been thru bone to balls
>more nyc experiences and living than most geezer on the benches of poe
>park (you do know where that is i hope)
>So as far as how much i got to know new york, plain and simple I got to
>kow her for the high class whore she is and I got the scar to proove it.
>You question my New Yorkness...what a fucking laugh.
>Where you from sonny, Yonkers or some such? Ride the LIRR on a daily basis
>maybe? Take a ride on the L train and breath in deep, thats me in thier.
>Go wander through Wash Sqr at 3am across the rubber hills and once
>glorious playgrounds, thats me in the air. Taste a dirty
>water dog from forty duece and 5th, lionsside up, thats me on your tongue.
>Listen to the pound of the ghost arcades in the shinny new time sqr, thats
>the sound of my growing up. Feel the bells embrace during Parsifal from
>10th row center at the met, thats my heart beat.
>Even from portland OR im more NYC than most people will be in a life time
>Front on that if you will dawg.
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