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Bklink: Trouble in Crown Heights?

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

link-asterisk.jpgTensions are mounting in Crown Heights, but is there a genuine threat of repeat of the riots of the 1990s or are some leaders overreacting? In the words of the Times, “The streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, resembled an armed camp on Wednesday…Crown Heights is flaring up again, as it has every so often since the 1991 racial unrest that erupted after a 7-year-old black boy was fatally struck by a Hasidic driver.” On the other hand, some community leaders say people are overreacting. Per the Sun: “As politicians from around the city gather in Crown Heights today to decry rising racial tensions there, some black and Jewish residents there say elected officials are overreacting.” Says one resident: “”It’s simply a crime issue. No one’s about to erupt into rioting.”–NYT & Sun

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