New York Post Blasts Mayor De Blasio’s Dinkins Honor Over Crown Heights Riots Failures

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110509 Rangel supportersPMBy E. Sherman

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to name the city’s Municipal Building after early 90’s mayor David Dinkins raised some eyebrows over at the New York Post on Friday.

The paper challenged de Blasio’s decision to enshrine the former mayor’s name atop the building housing the comptroller, public advocate and various city agencies in downtown Manhattan, citing Dinkins’ failures to properly address two racially heated incidents during his single term: the Crown Heights riots — a “pogrom,” as many in the Jewish community called it — and the boycott of Korean shops also in Brooklyn.

Additionally, “crime was out of control during the Dinkins years, a crisis summarized by a classic Post front-page headline: ‘Dave, Do Something,’” the typically conservative Post reasoned.

“It isn’t denigrating David Dinkins’ devotion to the city — or his lasting place in history as New York’s first African-American mayor — to suggest that perhaps the city should be a bit more selective when it comes to such honors,” said the Post.

The Crown Heights riots broke out early during Dinkins time as mayor — in 1991 just one year after he was elected. The three days of African – and Caribbean American anti-Jewish violence were triggered when a member of a three-car cavalcade of the Lubavitcher Rebbe careened onto the sidewalk killing a local seven-year-old immigrant child of Guyanese parents.

Describing the explosive incident, the New York Times wrote in August, 1991: “Hasidim and blacks clashed in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn through the day and into the night yesterday as the two communities, separately and bitterly, each mourned a member killed, one in a traffic accident on Monday night and the other stabbed in the racial melee that followed.”

“Bottles, rocks and ethnic slurs were hurled as hundreds of police officers struggled to separate the screaming, taunting groups near the headquarters of the Lubavitcher sect, at 770 Eastern Parkway,” the newspaper explained.

Owing to his failures to address these issues, Dinkins suffered a defeat at the polls in 1993 after just one term, losing to Rudy Giuliani.

The Algemeiner



  1. This ny times is disgusting and anti semitic. The comparison between an accident and a murder is horrendous. This is one anti semitic paper. De’blasio is just dumb and stupid. He has no brains. Is a african american that gets elected to office automatically a hero? He failed on EVERY front! Murders, riots, etc. Much more than enough to tarnish his reputation to the point of no return. And Mr. De’blasio, Dindins democratic acclamation and affiliation does in no way make him a saint. He’s actually an accessory to murder for reigning in the police and stopping them from appropriately dealing with these riots. TIME DOES NOT MAKE HIM A SAINT! We remember and will never forget his failures.

  2. So what? O’dumbo got a Nobel peace prize. Was it for giving nukes to crazy Ayatollahs, for kissing up to puny Putin, or for general treachery?


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