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Letter: 'East Garden City' divides community

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray talks to

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray talks to editors at Newsday in Melville on June 6, 2012. Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Once again, some of the most unseemly, negative and possibly racist aspects of our society are apparent ["Plea for wholeness," News, March 12]. It seems that some people do not want to be associated with the community of Uniondale, which is populated by a truly diverse mix of blacks, whites and Hispanics.

There are people pushing to change the name of an area that has been a part of the Uniondale community since its founding, now called East Garden City since the 2000 census. This name is associated with a predominantly white community.

I don't know who was behind this altered name. The area in question has undergone significant change in the last several years, with new rental and condo developments opening, and an uptick in population.

Thankfully and to her credit, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray has reported that the town supports having the hamlet included in Uniondale as one heterogeneous community.

To divide a community that dates decades, especially with the subtle undertones of racism, is wrong -- morally, ethically, and in every way possible.

Leigh Pollet, Long Beach

Editor's note: The writer is the Nassau County chair of the Reform Party of New York.