Aaron Blasts Rocker

a45acp4me at JUNO.COM a45acp4me at JUNO.COM
Tue Dec 28 12:35:41 MST 1999

What is the beef?  Everything Rocker said is true.  If this makes him a
Racist, I guess I am one too.


On Tue, 28 Dec 1999 11:51:16 -0500 Gary Freitag <gfreitag at GREATBATCH.COM>
> > In the magazine story, Rocker was quoted in a searing assault on
> New York
> >City and its diversity in a rambling discourse that ignited a
> public furor
> >and prompted a sharp rebuke from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
> >
> > "Imagine having to take the (No.) 7 train to the ballpark, looking
> like
> >you're (riding through) Beirut next to some kid with purple hair,
> next to
> >some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of
> jail for
> >the fourth time, next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids," the
> >magazine
> >quoted Rocker as saying.
> >
> > "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the
> foreigners," he
> >reportedly said. "I'm not a very big fan of foreigners. You can
> walk an
> >entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English.
> Asians
> >and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish
> people and
> >everything up there. How the hell did they get into this country?"
> Merry Christmas all!
> I must admit, as I was reading the quote I was thinking to myself,
> these
> are some of the reasons I don't live in NYC.  I like the homogeneity
> of
> smaller town life, where things are predictable and you don't have
> to be
> on edge (from a type of culture shock).  I've spent time in some
> major
> American cities, and while I can appreciate those who love it, and
> the
> opportunities it affords immigrants, it would drive me nuts.
> gary
> gfreitag at greatbatch.com

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