In a letter to the editor, Jersey City entrepreneur Bruce Alston explains why he feels black lives, voice, and opinions matter when discussing the future of Liberty State Park.
I have never been passive in my thoughts on issues concerning my community … I even can admit that there have been times I may have been wrong in my assessment.
Concerning the “alleged” Liberty State Park privatization plan.
As man who was born in Jersey City and witnessed how our city has become segregated by wealth, class, and societal issues, my stance is the black and brown communities deserve the opportunity to discuss any future direction of the park.
There is no denying Friends of Liberty Park have been advocates for the preservation of the park.
Their advocacy should not preclude or empower a narrative that black citizens are being bought and sold like we just came off their ancestor’s slave ships.
We as a black Community have historically been dealt cards from the bottom of the deck locally by government and certain advocates lead by voices that believe they know what’s best on all issues that concern us as people.
The talk of myself selling out my community or that any past legal troubles should silence me from having an opinion on the direction of Liberty State Park speaks of a bigger issue in which a segment of people in Jersey City who champion the label of progressives are nothing more than supporters of the “Shut Up Negro” movement that invoke your past as a weapon to deflect from the issue.
The real issue is should black citizens, as a community, have a say of what happens in Liberty State Park.
My stance is Yes!!!
Jersey City entrepreneur