Dear Editor (of the Queens Chronicle):
Born and living in Queens for over 50 years, I am encountering racism directed at me simply for being a white American, as well as witnessing others who are going through the same. My family and I are referred to as the “white Americans” by neighbors on the block where we live. We’ve owned our own home here for almost 45 years and by no means are we insulted, but proud. This however shows their poor mentality and racist ways.
We’ve also been called obscenities, which are always prefaced with the word “white.” As absurd as it sounds, we’ve been told to go back to our own country. We are friendly to everyone, having friends of all races, bearing no prejudice to anyone. There are many “new comers” who have absolutely no social skills and refuse to accept anyone who is not from their “home land,” resenting us as a whole.
America was built on diversity of many different ethnicities working and bonding together to make it what it is today. Currently, it’s a different story and we are being made to feel that we don’t belong, which is why so many people are moving away or as some say, “pushed out.” We are looked at and treated like unwanted outsiders, meanwhile we have worked hard to obtain what we have, having made this our home many years ago as well.
Do they not know how to respect others and live accordingly as we do in this country, the good old American way? This is pure harassment, and when the police intervene, seeing the racism first hand, the taunting will subside for awhile, but shortly begins again. All we are trying to do is live, not bothering anyone, yet it’s a sad thing to say how uncomfortable and threatened we feel in our own home.
It’s a sorry state when one suddenly can’t go in their front garden or sit in their own backyard without racial slurs being called out. Regardless of race or color, wrong is wrong and no one should be given amnesty because of it. If they are confronted, their cry is racism, which is nothing more than a poor excuse, not to be prosecuted for their wrong doings.
This is their way of doing whatever they want and getting away with it.If any slurs were directed towards them, it would be labeled a hate/bias crime, with groups ready to defend them and a guilty verdict for us. May I ask, who can the white Americans turn to in these times of strife?
I am sure the simple act of reposting this will elicit a knee-jerk labeling of this blog as "racist", "Archie Bunker" etc. as usual. Can't let people know what is really going on in Queens these days and why those who have lived here for decades are moving out.