Regarding Joel Mathis’ recent column about racism in Philadelphia:
Let me get this straight. Joel Mathis moved to Philadelphia, not for a job, not to be close to family, not to experience life in the big city, but because he wanted his son to grow up around black people? And once he gets here, he’s surprised to learn white and black Philadelphians don’t always get along? Had he heard of us before moving?
Joel, it’s a big town with plenty of rotten apples. Before despairing too much, stop wringing your hands, take a walk up to the Toleration statue in Valley Green, and spend some time reflecting on this amazing place you’re now fortunate to call home. Lots of thoughtful Philadelphians, much wiser than silly little you, have been working on these problems a long time.
And Joel: not all of Philadelphia’s racists are white, and not all of its victims of race are black. Your examples reveal more about you than about us.
You’ve been here a little more than a year. Well, Joel, one thing Philadelphians of all races do agree on: we don’t like getting pissed on by outsiders.
Welcome to the big city, bozo.
Racism in Philly ... Having grown up there, it exists and it’s diversified. The problem with those who “crap themselves” like the author of this article, is they only do so when they see and hear the white variety. The black variety, not at all. Philly celebrates black racist doctrines and black selective segregation and black racial discrimination and calls it “diversity.” Speaking of racist police officers, why is there an exclusive black racial police officer association spying on whitey? Did the author check to see what the white police officers’ association had to say about those racist comments on domelights.com?
Today’s diversifed racism is like a dog chasing its tail. If we truly rejected racism, all of it would make us “crap ourselves” in equality. Racism is used as a club by the self-righteous racist wackos. It all stinks. But Philly worships crap. That’s why I don’t live there.
Regarding last week’s cover story about Philly’s 50 must-eats:
This list is fantastic. If food is your life, it’s good to be alive in Philly. I’ve had the pleasure of serendipitously sampling some of the goods on this list in the past, however, this list will now be my guide for where I’ll be eating for the next few months.
First stop is Zahav. I have been meaning to go there for some time and now I know what to order. And I may just have to reserve some of that lamb to enjoy in the fashion of Chef Solomonov; in the unlikely scenario that there’s some left over.
Cheers PW .
Great list. The Bahn Mi at Royal Tavern should be required eating.
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