By Efrain Nieves
There are instances where it’s safe to say we are proud of our hometowns and accomplishments. Other times some of us are too proud. For example, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. slammed idol for “suggesting the Bronx might still be – Horrors! – a dangerous place” (nydailynews.com). An article in the Wall Street Journal quoted Diaz as saying “They have basically erased two and a half decades of work in a minute and a half.” What Diaz means is that the city has worked hard to do away with drugs, gangs and violence and for a show to depict the Bronx as only… Well, you get the point.
I understand Diaz’s love for the Bronx and will not discredit all his hard work but I have to disagree with his opinion. American idol only portrayed the story Travis Orlando gave them of hardship. Travis even walked Ryan Seacrest through his neighborhood and the shelter he lived in. Therefore, how could he hide or deny how his family lived? We can’t sing about butterflies if we grew up watching cockroaches.
Diaz should look at the greener side of the fence of this story; Here’s a family living in harsh conditions because of the economic downturn which affected us all. One of those family members has a talent and sees it as a way “out of the hood.” So, he stepped out his comfort zone and took an initiative to give his family a better life.
Is that not what the Bronx Borough president is fighting for? Let’s ponder on that. Pa’lante!
You be the judge.
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