Cochina en­vidia (green envy) virus ram­pant in Tren­ton area

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - L.A. Parker Colum­nist

Es in­ca­paz de ale­grarse por los logros ajenos por culpa de la cochina en­vidia. Trans­la­tion. He is in­ca­pable of be­ing happy for oth­ers’ achieve­ments be­cause he’s green with envy.

A walk up South Broad St. Sun­day against a steady feed of jeeps, mo­tor­cy­cles and foot traf­fic for the Puerto Ri­can Pa­rade de­liv­ered an en­counter with two African-Amer­i­can men.

We took sev­eral pho­tos to­gether as the con­ver­sa­tion mor­phed into one com­plaint.

“Why do they (Puerto Ri­cans) get to have some­thing like this. We could have our own pa­rade but peo­ple would try and stop us,” one man said.

A pre­vi­ous serv­ing of ce­viche threat­ened to aban­don my stom­ach for a mad rush up through an esoph­a­gus tube.

It’s been a while since any per­sonal vom­it­ing has oc­curred in pub­lic.

Re­ally, “The Man”, has kept black peo­ple from a pa­rade cel­e­bra­tion or fes­ti­val.

Maybe for­mer Mayor Dou­glas “The Man” Palmer stood be­tween black folk and a cel­e­bra­tion.

Per­haps Mayor Tony “The Man” pre­vented African Amer­i­cans from par­ty­ing or Mayor Eric “The Man” Jack­son will not al­low black peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge our her­itage.

If African Amer­i­cans want a city cel­e­bra­tion then let’s have one with­out the cochina en­vidia.

While some so­cial is­sues right­fully re­late to pol­icy and sys­temic racism, a litany of other prob­lems should be ac­cepted as in­di­vid­u­als’ in­abil­ity to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions and in­ac­tions.

Mind you, that as­sess­ment works for ev­ery­one who blames the devil and Ms. Jones for their be­hav­ior pat­terns.

Back­Talk pa­raded an­other view about the Puerto Ri­can Pa­rade-more cochina en­vidia. A con­trib­u­tor wrote,

“I’m not against Span­ish or any­thing. I’m not even Ir­ish my­self. A ques­tion I have is you (the city) stopped the St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade be­cause you don’t have money for se­cu­rity but yet you brought the Puerto Ri­can Pa­rade back. Maybe you should ex­plain why this is hap­pen­ing. Not that I re­ally care but I’m in­ter­ested in the an­swer.”

Talk about your loaded, dou­ble-flip from the pike po­si­tion twirl.

Ku­dos to those diehard Ir­ish de­scen­dants who at­tempted to keep the St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in Tren­ton.

Many Ir­ish folk have moved out and the smart money wa­gered on a bet­ter event in Hamil­ton and Rob­binsville, de­spite the fact those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties host sep­a­rate events.

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be al­ways at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face may be an Ir­ish say­ing but that prayer works for ev­ery­one.

Times have changed in Tren­ton as Lati­nos re­place other eth­nic groups who ar­rived in the cap­i­tal city, started fam­i­lies and en­joyed the Amer­i­can Dream.

This col­umn chal­lenges ev­ery per­son to con­duct an hon­est in­ven­tory of their lives.

Stop mak­ing ex­cuses. We’re all work­ing against the clock so what­ever you want in life, a pa­rade, healthy re­la­tion­ship, bet­ter job, etc., make it hap­pen. Stop with the cochina en­vidia. When we learn to cel­e­brate each other then this city and coun­try will find great­ness.

Tren­ton Puerto Ri­can Pa­rade re­mem­bered life of city com­mu­nity ac­tivist Juan Martinez.

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