Education: Hate Grows in Brooklyn

Escorted by 200 policemen, the little band of frightened black and Puerto Rican seventh-graders last week walked slowly from their bus to the school door. "You ain't people, you're animals!" shouted someone in the crowd of 1,500 jeering, egg-throwing whites who were massed behind police barricades. "Go back to the zoo."

Thus, in a scene reminiscent of the worst Southern crises of years past, of Little Rock and New Orleans and Birmingham, forced school integration came to Brooklyn's Canarsie section.

The 80,000 people of Canarsie are 95% white, mostly Italians who started settling when this was still a marshland lit by the glow...

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