ATLANTA, July 21,
2012, 6 p.m.
Panamanian activists from the city of Colón are
not thrilled with the description of their city offered by
political consultant, Raphael Williams who is the son of Fox
News contributor, Juan Williams.
“It was amazing to me when we went to a church
where he was baptized and they had their gold cross stolen…you
know the kind of desperateness of these people...and then we
went to his [Juan] apartment and I saw five people cramped up
into these tiny three room apartments with cockroaches on the
floor and bars on the windows,”
“He [Juan] always worked with this kind of energy
that I had never understood because he had always provided me
such a life of comfort, but it wasn’t until I went back to Colón
that I realized that Wow!...no wonder he worked so hard.”
Boston-based activist, Yvette Modestin is from
Colón and says the whole story is not being told.
“To talk about Colón, to be real and not make any
mistakes, you need to live here or be a frequent visitor. We
are more than barred windows and cockroaches,” she said.
“A person who left as a child and never looked
back cannot see the Colón through eyes of truth. Colón’s rise
and many may say its demise has many layers but you will need a
historical context that includes colonialism, denial of the
government, and the end of a segregated era.”
“Juan can be excused for not knowing Panamá’s
history given that he was two young when he left to understand
the politics of the country,” he said.
“What is sad is his son’s reaction to the
apartment in Colón. The reality is that Colón as a city has
deteriorated since the time we all left (I left in 1979) given
that the Panamanian Plutocracy has refused to invest in either
the infrastructure or people in that area in any substantial