Crown Heights riots

I used to live in Crown Heights when I was a kid. My mostly fond memories of living in that neighbourhood have been tainted by what happened there in August of 1991. My family bought a house in Queens shortly before the riots happened so we were spared being in the eye of the storm. This story strikes very close to home for me.
New Play About Crown Heights Blames Jews for Deadly Riots
“A play blaming Jews for the Crown Heights riots of 1991 has opened at a new theater on West 42nd Street that was built in part with a tax-exempt, multimillion-dollar city bond.

The play, called "Crown Heights," portrays the murder of chasidic scholar Yankel Rosenbaum as a tragic accident in a fight in which Jews threw the first punch.”
This is an anti-semitic revision of history folks. To add insult to injury it is also funded by the tax dollars of the American people. I’m not so old that I don’t remember what really happened in 1991 or who happily poured oil on and fanned the flames of the idiots who tried to ruin a good neighbourhood. If you really want to know what happened you can read this detailed article The Crown Heights Riot & Its Aftermath written in 1993.
“Not only was anti-Semitism in the ether, it was gathering steam as a loud and increasingly mainstream black movement when a station wagon from the entourage of Menahem Schneerson, the Lubavitcher rebbe, careered out of control and crashed onto a Crown Heights sidewalk on the night of August 19, crushing to death a black child, seven-year-old Gavin Cato, and leaving his seven year old cousin, Angela Cato, badly injured.

The violence erupted immediately. When the driver of the station wagon, Yosef Lifsh, stepped out of his car with the intention of helping the children he had hit, he was set upon by angry black bystanders who beat and robbed him before the police could reach the scene.

Moments later, an ambulance from the jewish-run Hatzolah service arrived. Police, seeking to remove the object of the crowd’s anger, directed the crew to take away Lifsh and his passengers. Before the Hatzolah vehicle was out of sight a city ambulance had arrived to begin the gory and laborious task of removing the Cato children from beneath the car, but Lifsh’s attackers were enraged at the decision to place him in the first ambulance.

…a mob came upon Yankel Rosenbaum, a twenty nine year old Australian ultra-Orthodox Jew not a Hasid, as the papers still insist on calling him who was in New York to conduct historical research at the YIVO Institute. Rosenbaum was beaten and stabbed by attackers who shouted “Get the Jew” and “Kill the Jew” before fleeing as police arrived on the scene.
It always perplexes me why people so willing support Al Sharpton as a good leader in the black community. He was a central player in making sure that things went from bad to worse while my old neighbourhood descended into chaos. For his actions in Crown Heights alone this man will never inspire anything in me but contempt. Strong words I know, but would you trust a man who behaved in this manner?
But Sharpton and Carson and the other demagogues who flocked to the neighborhood over the next days to capture the spotlight as leaders of the “protest” wasted no breath mourning Rosenbaum. Nor did they lament any of the other injuries, fire bombings, looting, and property damage that followed his murder. Instead, they quickly conjured up their own version of events, according to which Gavin Cato’s “murder” at the hands of the Jewish driver was the latest in a series of racial assassinations that included the killings of young black men in Howard Beach and Bensonhurst. By the time of Sharpton’s speech at Gavin Cato’s funeral, the list had expanded to include “the four girls who got killed in Birmingham one morning” during the 1960’s civil rights movement and “brother Malcolm X.”

Al Sharpton’s rhetoric peaked at the Cato funeral: The world will tell us he was killed by accident. Yes, it was a social accident .... It’s an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of Crown Heights. It is an accident to think that we will keep crying and never stand up and call for justice .... What type of city do we have that would lie on our children and allow politics to rise above the blood of innocent babies? Have we lost all our moral fiber? ... Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid .... All we want to say is what Jesus said: if you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’. Pay for your deeds .... It’s no accident that we know we should not be run over. We are the royal family on the planet. We’re the original man. We gazed into the stars and wrote astrology. We had a conversation and that became philosophy. We are the ones who created mathematics. We’re not anybody to be left to die waiting on an ambulance. We are the alpha and omega of creation itself .... We will win because we’re right. We will win because we’re strong. God is on our side.
Does that sound like someone that should be taken seriously in a sane world?


  1. Oh, dear...where to start?

    Let's begin with Al Sharpton.

    Anyone who takes Al seriously SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENGAGE IN POLITICAL DISCOURSE...because they cannot separate reality from chicanery.

    What has Al Sharpton done that wasn't done for himself?

    I actually came upon a copy of Philip Gourevitch's article, The Crown Heights Riot And Its Aftermath...unfortunately, the article seems to have been removed from the internet...I'll have to retype it in at my page at some point.

    In that article, I believe that Gavin Cato's tragic death is given short shrift; it indeed was an accident, but the details of the accident should have been part of a trial with Yosef Lifsh present; not as an absentee defendant. According to an article with delves more into this issue, Yosef fell behind in the procession, and decided that because he was part of a procession, that he blithely ran a yellow/red light, whereupon he lost control of the vehicle and caused the vehicular homicide.

    "When the driver of the station wagon, Yosef Lifsh, stepped out of his car with the intention of helping the children he had hit..." - how was he to help them? I believe that this line in the article is disingenuous, and should not be part of the official narrative.

    Beyond all of that...Yankel Rosenbaum should NOT have been murdered; Lemrick Nelson should not see a second of daylight ever again, and Yosef Lifsh should have been made to made some restitution to the Cato family for their loss.

    I'm hoping that the conflict in Georgia does not turn into World War Three.


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