Protecting the innocent is protecting the community
We take strong exception to the Banner’s editorial that seemed to
equate our taking a public and proactive stand in supporting our son’s
innocence with parents who wrongfully protect and cover for their
guilty kids (“Who protects the community?” Dec. 6, 2007). Nothing could
be further from the truth in our case.
Your readers should know that there were some not-so-above-board
tactics that went on out of public view that necessitated our decision
to get “in front” of this story, rather than to continue to allow the
solid case of misinformation that was in the process of being built to
destroy an innocent young person’s life. We’ve seen that happen too
many times in our ministry to youth.
We have a history of being out front and steadfast in supporting many
young people who we knew to be innocent. Our unwavering support,
involvement and active advocacy for Donnell Johnson led to his being
exonerated despite police claims of an airtight case, as one example.
For the record, we decided to do the press conference after the story
of our son’s accusation had been leaked to a police reporter. The press
conference also served the purpose of bringing the situation into
public view. So in a very real sense, we feel the press conference,
even though our son was not yet charged, helped to keep everything
above board and everyone honest during the investigation, which
eventually led to our son being proven innocent.
Pastor Bruce and Karin Wall
Global Ministries Christian Church
E-mail argument sheds light on Latino dissent
Regarding Yawu Miller’s article on the disagreement in the Puerto Rican
community over a recent e-mail (“Hub Puerto Rican activists livid at
racial e-mail gaffe,” Nov. 8, 2007): I’m so glad The Bay State Banner
took on this issue. It’s a well-known fact that there is racism between
Latinos, but little is reported.
What Dr. Moreno did is inexcusable — not one Puerto Rican living here
or on the island will tell you that “negrito del batey” is a term of
endearment. While it is true that we do use “negrito” and “negrita” as
terms of endearment, the tone in which the e-mail was written is not
indicative of this.
I received the e-mail through a third party, as e-mails tend to be
recycled, and I was appalled by the way Dr. Moreno disrespected not
only José Massó, but also [City Councilor] Felix [Arroyo] and the
efforts of the organizers of the coffee house series.
I know Angel personally, and though I’m aware of the sarcasm in his
humor, I never thought it would escalate to racism. My reaction to this
was to remind my “compatriota,” or fellow countryman, that we all have
African blood — no matter how light we are.