Broken Mosaic

Mixed verdicts in a racial murder plunge New York City into turmoil. Can the city's first black mayor cope with an epidemic of bigotry?

For eight straight years, New York City had been pounded with one act of racial violence after another. 1982: Willie Turks, a black transit worker, is beaten to death by a mob of whites shouting racial slurs. 1984: Bernhard Goetz wounds four young blacks he said were menacing him on the subway. 1986: a white mob in the Howard Beach section of Queens attacks several blacks, one of whom fled in panic onto a highway and was killed by a passing car. 1989: a 28- year-old white executive is beaten and raped in Central Park by a pack of black teenagers...

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