Friday, August 19, 2011

Crown Heights Riots Recalled 

Aug. 19 to 21 is the anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, which started after a Hasidic driver in a funeral procession inadvertently ran over and killed a young African-American boy. Several days of rioting followed, during which Jews were attacked and one Jewish student was killed.

Some Caribbean-Americans and African-Americans believed that Jews were getting more than their fair share of city services and housing; conversely, some Orthodox Jews blamed the black community for street crime.

Afterward, political opponents of then-Mayor David Dinkins charged that he had failed to use the police promptly and effectively to end the riot. Members of both communities soon began a joint peace initiative, led by then-Borough President Howard Golden.


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