A Festival to Remember a Riot? New York Event Stirs Debate

NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to mark the 25th anniversary of one of New York City’s most searing race riots with a family oriented festival has brought criticism from relatives of a man killed in the violence.

Organizers say Sunday’s event in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights is meant to showcase unity.

The neighborhood was shaken in 1991 by four days of violence. It erupted after a car in a prominent rabbi’s motorcade fatally hit Gavin Cato, a black 7-year-old. Hours later, black people stabbed doctoral student Yankel Rosenbaum while shouting that he was Jewish.

The anniversary event starts with a commemoration ceremony. But Rosenbaum’s brother, Norman, calls the ensuing “neighborhood festival” insensitive.

Gavin’s father, Carmel Cato, says he’s OK with it.

Cato and Rosenbaum lunched together Wednesday in their own demonstration of unity.

 

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