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October 4, 2015 4:53 pm

New York Post Blasts Mayor De Blasio’s Dinkins Honor Over Crown Heights Riots Failures

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Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to name the city’s Municipal Building after early 90’s mayor David Dinkins raised some eyebrows over at the New York Post on Friday.

The paper challenged de Blasio’s decision to enshrine the former mayor’s name atop the building housing the comptroller, public advocate and various city agencies in downtown Manhattan, citing Dinkins’ failures to properly address two racially heated incidents during his single term: the Crown Heights riots — a “pogrom,” as many in the Jewish community called it — and the boycott of Korean shops also in Brooklyn.

Additionally, “crime was out of control during the Dinkins years, a crisis summarized by a classic Post front-page headline: ‘Dave, Do Something,'” the typically conservative Post reasoned.

“It isn’t denigrating David Dinkins’ devotion to the city — or his lasting place in history as New York’s first African-American mayor — to suggest that perhaps the city should be a bit more selective when it comes to such honors,” said the Post.

The Crown Heights riots broke out early during Dinkins time as mayor — in 1991 just one year after he was elected. The three days of African – and Caribbean American anti-Jewish violence were triggered when a member of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s three-car cavalcade careened onto the sidewalk killing a local seven-year-old immigrant child of Guyanese parents.

Describing the explosive incident, the New York Times wrote in August, 1991: “Hasidim and blacks clashed in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn through the day and into the night yesterday as the two communities, separately and bitterly, each mourned a member killed, one in a traffic accident on Monday night and the other stabbed in the racial melee that followed.”

“Bottles, rocks and ethnic slurs were hurled as hundreds of police officers struggled to separate the screaming, taunting groups near the headquarters of the Lubavitcher sect, at 770 Eastern Parkway,” the newspaper explained.

Owing to his failures to address these issues, Dinkins suffered a defeat at the polls in 1993 after just one term, losing to Rudy Giuliani.

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  • Jack

    Mr. Sherman,

    Think again about whether you should quote the New York Times
    to give your readers the truth about the Crown Heights pogrom.
    Here’s how the newspaper distorted the truth.

  • judy oestreicher

    just to remind everyone. the reason Dinkins was elected mayor, was because of basic apathy. the voters couldn’t believe, “what could he possibly do to the city”.

    as a result, the next election year, Dinkins received the same amount of votes (in his loss) as he did when he won. APATHY.


  • Robert Weintraub

    Blacks and Hassidic Jews clashed” Actually blacks rioted for three days attacking Jews wherever they could find them. One Jew was lynched and another white driving a truck was pulled from the cab and beaten to death.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Here we see again, from the 1991 New York Post, no less, a disgusting moral equivalence: “that each(community) mourned a member killed, one in a traffic accident…and the other stabbed in the racial melee that followed.”

    It’s mystifying that the writer freely conflates the victim of a traffic accident with the savage mob lynching of an innocent man.

    Mystifying – and disgusting.