Letters from the Issue of July 01, 2004

Old Friend, New Story

I know Neith, and this was Neith: Thanks to Forrest Norman for writing such a great article about the artist Neith Nevelson (“A Brush with Death,” June 24). Neith is a long-time friend. I represented her for many years during the Eighties and early Nineties at Mind Structures, my Coconut Grove gallery.

Loved the story — concise, to the point, and true.

Rafael Manresa


Q: What Is the Hip-hop Generation?

A: If you have to ask, you’re obviously not part of it: I am writing in response to Mosi Reeves’s “Basshead” column about Ronald Reagan (“Death Becomes You,” June 17). First I would like to know what is Reeves’s definition of the hip-hop generation. Should one be considered part of the hip-hop generation if born in the late Seventies and later? Or because one listens to hip-hop music? Because said person is from the inner city? Or is race the deciding factor — even though that same individual may totally detest hip-hop music? Is this hip-hop generation the same type of thing as Miami Beach billing Memorial Day weekend as “hip-hop weekend” because African Americans dominate South Beach’s populace at that time?

In the column Reeves wrote, “Surprisingly it has taken years for the hip-hop generation to realize that Clinton’s dismantling of the welfare system in 1996 was a culmination of Reagan’s demonizing of black women as ‘welfare mothers’ who spawned ‘crack babies’ back in the Eighties....” That statement is totally unverified. The so-called hip-hop generation was very aware of the ills of our presidents. I think “we” had just reached a point where we realized that our “elected” leaders were not very concerned with our well-being but were rather enraptured by the cool points they could score with their comrades by making a mockery of our destitute state. Hence there was a sort of aversion to voting. We also became aware of the fact that our votes don’t really decide who becomes president (can you say Electoral College?), which was made most evident during the last presidential election.

Additionally Reeves forgot to mention that it was during the Reagan administration that crack became an epidemic, which was ignored by the Great Communicator. Coincidentally this vile narcotic was introduced at the height of the Black Panther Party’s attempt to unify the black community while encouraging its autonomy. Hmmm.... I won’t continue with what many consider to be just conspiracy theories.

So it is wrong for Mosi Reeves to say hip-hop artists ignored national politics. It’s more like we figured out that national politics was not the path toward elevation and that another route was needed. “We” have not ceased to live outside the system that does not accept us. I think it’s more appropriate to say the system has come to accept us as the outsiders (Outkasts).

Kamal Williams



Let Me Tell You About that Column of Yours

It’s nothing but left-wing, ass-kissing bullshit: Hey, Bitch, I read the “Observing While Black” item in your June 17 installment of “The Bitch.” This was the one about King Downing and his alleged innocence regarding his arrest in Miami Beach over Memorial Day weekend. As usual, when it comes to blacks, the pitiful ass-kissing never stops. Downing’s stupid job as a “profiling expert” for the ACLU is a joke. How about “reducing black crime expert”?

What the hell is the big deal about clearing the area as he was asked to by police? But no. The Al Sharpton ploy has to come out and he gets arrested. Good. Why do you think so many police are needed at the stupid Memorial Day hip-hop-slop events? Could it be because too many young blacks are involved in crime and nearly turned the Beach upside down a couple of years ago? If the po-leece are the problem, how come Asians don’t seem to have this problem? Gee, do you think it has something to do with the fact that Asians have low crime rates? Yeah, that’s it. Do you think Miami Beach would need police from other counties to help out at an Asian festival? Of course not.

What makes your left-wing B.S. column even worse is the fact you wrote about how Anthony Lee is the main suspect in the gross murder of José Calvo. This is simply too common, as any person knows. What are the “bad” areas in Miami? Overtown? Little Haiti? West Coconut Grove? Liberty City? Hmmm.... “Bad” sounds a lot better than saying “black,” I guess.

Until blacks reduce their crime rates substantially, the issue with the police will never end. And it should not. The great lie of black victimhood is the biggest joke in America today.

Anyway, I assume you, Bitch, live in an all-black area, right? If not, why not?

Bob Macron

New York City


The Secrets of Supermarket Love

Unfortunately, they’re no longer secret: All I have to say is “Yeah, no kidding!” in reference to Humberto Guida’s June 10 “BuzzIn” column “Tired of the Meat Market? Try the Supermarket.” But c’mon, man. Can’t you just keep your big mouth shut? Can’t guys just keep a few secrets to themselves?

One respondent to Humberto in the June 17 issue, Nicole Cussell of Miami, has a nice piece of advice: “If you’re going to start printing Sex and the City-type columns, don’t send a boy to do a woman’s job.” Hear hear!

Please send Nicole her press credentials, her next deadline, and ask her to meet me at Publix on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the vegetable aisle for some sensuous inspiration.

Eric Stratton

Miami Beach


O’Reilly to the Rescue

Free weekly’s feeble efforts must be fortified by Fox: After reading Francisco Alvarado’s article “A Shot in the Dark, Part II” (May 27), I was very disturbed. Mario Barcia really is living a nightmare after shooting at a cop he mistook for a home invader. Something is not right here. He needs professional legal help.

I believe New Times should send both parts of “A Shot in the Dark” to Bill O’Reilly at Fox News Network. I think he’d be interested in this case and would be able to help.

Let’s get to the bottom of this!

Sandra Diego



Fountain of Truth

You liked it? Good, because we did it: Mosi Reeves’s “Basshead” column of May 20 (“Breathing Room”) contained an error regarding the District Lounge in the Design District. The fountain in the courtyard was mosaiced with stained glass by us, Jillian Riley and Eric Periu with deluz designs.

Reeves stated that the fountain was “decorated with colored tiles by Aramis Lorie’s father.” Although he is a very talented artist and generous man, he did not mosaic the fountain.

Jillian Riley



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