Apologizing for my remarks
Jun 08, 2014 | 443 views | 2 2 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor:

As a person of faith, I have been taught to reconcile with anyone that I have or may have offended. For the last few weeks I have been involved in a controversy regarding comments I made a public meeting. After carefully considering those comments and having discussed them with various people that I hold near and dear to my heart, I have come to the conclusion that I should offer this apology. I would ask anyone who I may have offended with my comments to forgive me for not making my points a little clearer.

For those that don’t know me, please understand that my intention was never to offend anyone. Although I chose the wrong words, I truly believe the mayor’s policies regarding the lack of inclusion of any ethnic minorities to a board seat in her administration’s recent board appointments is discriminatory. However, I now know I should have articulated my observations a bit differently.

As an African-American woman, I have faced discrimination my entire life. I have worked with every ethnic group as a community advocate in both Jersey City and Hoboken. So I cannot sit by and have people believe that I hold any bigotry in my heart. It is my hope that we can move past my ill-advised comments and focus on the real issue-the lack of diversity exhibited by the Zimmer administration.

Patricia Waiters

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PAX07030
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June 10, 2014
As part of Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia's paid staff the continual race baiting hate speech of Patricia Waiters is unacceptable and anyone other than Carmelo Garcia would have dismissed her already.

Shame on you Miss Waiters.

Shame on you Mr. Garcia.
greenshirt
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June 08, 2014
This ain't going to fly Mister Carmelo.

I hold Carmelo Garcia responsible for all the bigoted remarks by his paid Assembly aide and this limp "apology."

As for her, only sympathy for taking so long to understand. Just sad for her.