There is no parallel between the Shuchat assault and racial tensions almost two decades earlier. Besides, you can't use history to try to prove an individual's intent in a specific isolated case -- otherwise one could claim racial motive in any white-on-black crime.
Last Tuesday Crown Heights, residents said said goodbye to the Crow Hill Community Garden. While losing the garden doesn't cripple community-building efforts, it does eliminate an important public space for dialogue and exchange.
Yesterday was proclaimed National Education and Sharing Day in tribute to the late Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Schneerson's birthday. It baffles me that the Chabad movement has inspired such an observance.
"I had to believe everything I was taught, if only to survive," she writes. And what was she taught? In the slow-track classes for girls, nothing very academic, for a girl could realistically have no higher destiny than marriage at 17 and motherhood a year later.
Maureen McGowan is the director of Handcrafting Justice, a Sisters of Good Shepherd project that sells handmade goods made by impoverished women in the developing world. This is no mom-and-pop charity.
There can be no doubt that many of Al Sharpton's actions at the beginning of his career were dishonorable and incendiary. But there can likewise be little doubt that he has shown immense personal and professional growth over the past few years.