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By A. M. Rosenthal | September 4, 1991
New York - THE anti-Semitic outrages of Crown Heights are aimed at the Jews of only one neighborhood in one city -- for the moment.But American Jews who do not understand that the same kind of political thugs will do their best now to lead the same kind of street thugs to fire Jewish property and break Jewish bones in other cities are blind to reality, deaf to history -- and suicidal.They are matched in self-destructiveness by those influential prominent black Americans -- politicians, clergy, businessmen -- who are disgusted by Crown Heights but stand aloof.
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By Sheryl McCarthy | January 15, 2002
HOWLS WENT up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as far away as Australia when a federal appeals court ordered a new trial for Lemrick Nelson, the young black man who was convicted of stabbing to death Yankel Rosenbaum, an Orthodox Jew, during a Crown Heights race riot in 1991. Fine. Since the trial judge played musical chairs in choosing several of the jurors, a new trial is called for. What has always smelled fishy about this case, however, is not Nelson's conviction. The evidence against him is overwhelming.
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By Sheryl McCarthy | January 15, 2002
HOWLS WENT up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as far away as Australia when a federal appeals court ordered a new trial for Lemrick Nelson, the young black man who was convicted of stabbing to death Yankel Rosenbaum, an Orthodox Jew, during a Crown Heights race riot in 1991. Fine. Since the trial judge played musical chairs in choosing several of the jurors, a new trial is called for. What has always smelled fishy about this case, however, is not Nelson's conviction. The evidence against him is overwhelming.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 20, 1995
Anna Deavere Smith shows us a world at the edges of its sanity, where people shriek at each other but no one seems to hear. So they go off to their isolated little apartments and mutter dark conspiracies behind locked doors, and invent antagonisms that take on a life of their own, and some of them lose their minds in the process, and still nobody listens.Smith listened. She went to the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, which sometimes seems like a suburb of hell, and committed an act of journalism.
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By IAN JOHNSON | December 27, 1992
An article in the Dec. 27 Perspective section incorrectl characterized opposition to a court decision that freed a man charged with stabbing a Hasidic scholar. The opposition should have been described as a "demonstration."The Sun regrets the errors.New York.-- A few blocks over from the crack dealers and bottomless poverty of Albany Avenue, shoppers bustle along Kinston Avenue underneath giant banners proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. A strong wind whips old newspapers and garbage across the pedestrians' path.
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By A.M. Rosenthal | July 26, 1993
New York--LET'S ALL put Crown Heights behind us -- certainly, but not now, not yet.To walk away from Crown Heights now, with its real meaning and the real offense of New York City's government still unstated and unexamined, would make it more likely that some other riot, some other pogrom, against some other group would be committed somewhere in America. There can be hope after Crown Heights -- but, as always, only when reality is faced.We are told Crown Heights is a matter of Mayor David Dinkins's incompetence.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 11, 1995
When Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith was creating "Fires in the Mirror," her acclaimed show about tensions between blacks and Jews in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was reminded of "the power of my experience as a young woman at Western High School, meeting Jewish women and having the opportunity to meet their parents and particularly their grandparents."So her interviews with the people in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section "had a lot of resonance for me," she explains. "Even though I was talking about difficult things, something about it was very comfortable."
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July 25, 1993
There is no comfort for the mayors of America in the report on the Crown Heights riot in Brooklyn, N.Y., in August 1991.It absolved New York Mayor David N. Dinkins of the charge of deliberately withholding police control in the first two days of that riot. This is the accusation leveled by Hasidic Jewish leaders in Crown Heights that caused Gov. Mario M. Cuomo to order the report. Yet the report also found Mayor Dinkins gravely deficient during the second and third days of the riot -- and that is the main thing noticed in New York, where there is an election.
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By New York Times News Service | August 13, 1993
NEW YORK -- A Hasidic rabbi rescued a black woman bleeding from gunshot wounds on a street in Crown Heights, put her in the back seat of his car and drove her to a hospital, the police and doctors said.The rabbi, Israel Shemtov, said he heard the gunshots, then saw the woman crawling on the sidewalk yesterday morning. She was bleeding from at least seven bullet wounds and whimpering in pain and fear. A man was later found shot dead inside a nearby building.With the help of another man, Mr. Shemtov lifted the woman into the back seat and sped to the emergency room at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
A playwright, two members of Congress and more than 500 theatergoers sat in the dark grappling with the issue of distrust between Jews and African-Americans.There were elderly businessmen and drama students, elementary school teachers from Baltimore County and HIV-prevention counselors from the city. There were rabbis, lawyers, ministers and musicians.They had come to Center Stage Tuesday night to watch Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman play about the 1991 riots in New York City's Crown Heights neighborhood, a clash between African-Americans and Orthodox Jews.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 16, 1995
One third of the way into "Fires in the Mirror," Anna Deavere Smith re-creates these words of Angela Davis: "We have to find )) ways of coming together in a different way."It's one of the most cogent statements of the thesis of this unusual, spellbinding work, currently playing a two-week engagement as part of Center Stage's Off Center series. Subtitled "Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities," Smith's one-woman show focuses on the riots that erupted in Crown Heights in August 1991 after a 7-year-old black boy was accidentally killed by a car in the motorcade of a Hasidic rabbi; three hours later a Hasidic scholar visiting from Australia was stabbed to death in apparent retaliation.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1995
A playwright, two members of Congress and more than 500 theatergoers sat in the dark grappling with the issue of distrust between Jews and African-Americans.There were elderly businessmen and drama students, elementary school teachers from Baltimore County and HIV-prevention counselors from the city. There were rabbis, lawyers, ministers and musicians.They had come to Center Stage Tuesday night to watch Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith's one-woman play about the 1991 riots in New York City's Crown Heights neighborhood, a clash between African-Americans and Orthodox Jews.
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By CHRISTOPHER LEIGHTON | June 14, 1995
A person is a person by means of other people.--African proverb On August 19, 1991 racial and religious tensions exploded in Crown Heights, New York. The fallout continues to hover over urban America, threatening the nation with new outbursts of civil instability.Anna Deavere Smith, professor, playwright and performer, entered the battle zone in the wake of the riots. She recovered the voices of 26 participants caught in the grip of the grief, rage and fear. Over the 95 minutes of ''Fires in the Mirror,'' playing this week and next at Center Stage, she brings her audience face to face with politicians and street people, religious leaders and community organizers, families reeling from loss and neighbors trying to dig out of disaster.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 11, 1995
When Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith was creating "Fires in the Mirror," her acclaimed show about tensions between blacks and Jews in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was reminded of "the power of my experience as a young woman at Western High School, meeting Jewish women and having the opportunity to meet their parents and particularly their grandparents."So her interviews with the people in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section "had a lot of resonance for me," she explains. "Even though I was talking about difficult things, something about it was very comfortable."
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June 19, 1994
As grand rabbi of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect known as the Lubavitch Hasidim, Menachem Schneerson exercised influence out of all proportion to the size of his following -- some 200,000 faithful centered on the group's world headquarters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in New York City. When he died last week, at age 92, he was a larger than life figure even in death.Many of Rabbi Schneerson's followers continue to fervently believe he was the Messiah whose return is foretold in the Bible.
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By New York Times News Service | March 2, 1994
NEW YORK -- A gunman in a car opened fire on a van carrying more than a dozen Hasidic students as it began to cross the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan yesterday morning, critically wounding two young men and injuring two others, police said.The gunman, driving a blue Chevrolet Caprice and apparently using two guns, pursued the van full of terrified students across the bridge. He fired in three separate bursts, police said, spraying both sides of the van with fire from a 9-millimeter weapons.
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By JIM SLEEPER | January 11, 1994
In the weeks since the Dec. 7 Long Island Railroad massacre, commentators have cited the diversity of gunman Colin Ferguson's grievances against Caucasians, Asians, ''Uncle Tom Negroes'' and ''so-called civil rights leaders'' to argue that he is a deranged loner.He is. But none of the reports took into account the most compelling explanation for his malevolent worldview: the dangerous political subculture in which he was steeped.No one, it seems, was willing to entertain even the possibility that Mr. Ferguson's delusions were fed by the politics of Crown Heights, Tawana Brawley, the Central Park jogger, the Korean boycott and other cases -- a politics of paranoia and rage about white and Asian racist conspiracies that has dominated New York City's black media.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Contributing Writer | September 10, 1993
Although incendiary newspaper headlines are no guarantee that sparks will fly when the same stories are told on stage, Anna Deavere Smith manages to enmesh us in the tensions between African-Americans and Jews in her powerful solo show titled "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities."She does so by refusing to engage in easy polemics. Instead, she presents us with nearly 30 voices representing the spectrum of opinion about the incidents that resulted in a summer of violence in 1991.
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