Racial Unrest: An Eye for an Eye

After a traffic death, a murder and four days of riots, tensions remain high between blacks and Jews in Brooklyn

The flowers at the sidewalk shrine for Gavin Cato were wilting in the relentless August sun last week, but the rage of local blacks toward Hasidic Jews in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., was undiminished. WE WANT THE JEWISH MURDERER ARRESTED NOW, read one sign there. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, read another. THE WHITE IS THE DEVIL, proclaimed still another.

The latest flare-up of black-Jewish tensions was sparked on the hot, muggy evening of Aug. 19, when a station wagon driven by a Hasidic Jew ran a red light, collided with another car, then jumped the curb and struck...

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