My letters

Submitted letters to the editor and other parties. Only a few of these were published.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

To the editor:

As a descendent of real slaves, I am deeply offended by Alan Slater dismissing the real horror of slavery by referring to restroom attendants as slaves (“Bathroom Slavery,” Letters, Flatbush Life, Dec.6). These restroom attendants were not torn from their families, transported to a strange land in unspeakable conditions, held against their will, forced to work, beaten, and raped. There are many higher-paying jobs available to people of little skills they could have taken, such as nanny or house cleaning, but I guess those are too much like real work compared to sitting quietly in an elegant restroom all day.

My prediction? These jobs will disappear now that restaurants have to pay for services they were previously getting for free. Many people don’t like restroom attendants anyway and would rather do their business in private.

On top of it, Mr. Slater is guilty of very serious literary malfeasance, since his so-called letter first appeared as an editorial in the New York Daily News on Oct. 10, 2004, under the title “The Slaves of New York.” The editorial can be viewed in part free of charge on nydailynews.com, and the full editorial can be purchased. Search on “bathroom slaves”. Even if Mr. Slater works for the Daily News and wrote the editorial, he should not have submitted it as a letter.

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