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20 Years After Violence, Crown Heights Residents Reflect (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/19/2011 8:53 am Updated: 10/19/2011 5:12 am

On Aug. 19, 1991, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old Guyanese boy, was struck by the motorcade of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, leader of the Chabad Hasidic Jewish movement based in the area. Hours later, Yankel Rosenbaum, a 29-year-old Orthodox Jewish graduate student, was surrounded by black rioters and stabbed to death. Three days of violent upheaval followed.

Twenty years later, though tensions have cooled and community mediation efforts persist, black and Jewish residents of Crown Heights largely keep to themselves, Nate Lavey reports.

Thanks to The Jewish Daily Forward for the video:

Living Apart in Crown Heights from The Jewish Daily Forward on Vimeo.

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