Family Of Crown Heights Riots’ Victim Incensed Rev. Al Sharpton Was Invited To Speak At Panel

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — As New York City approaches the 20th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots, the family of Yankel Rosenbaum is unhappy that Rev. Al Sharpton will participate in a panel discussion about the state of black and Jewish relations.

Despite the criticism, Rabbi Marc Schneier, who is hosting the panel at the Hamptons Synagogue in West Hampton this Sunday, said the topic of conversation is not directly or solely related to the riots themselves. He spoke with 1010 WINS Wednesday and defended his decision to invite Sharpton.

“If you look at the topic of the discussion, it’s on the state of black-Jewish relations today, 20 years after Crown Heights, so the discussion will involve Rev. Sharpton’s connection with the Jewish community today,” Schneier said.

This Friday marks two decades since the deaths of a black child, Gavin Cato, and Australian rabbinical student Rosenbaum resulted in three days of violence between African-Americans and members of the Jewish community in Brooklyn.

The family of Rosenbaum is also incensed that Sharpton will be present at the forum because they believe he helped escalate the violence with some of his comments during the unrest.

Rosenbaum’s brother, Norman, was especially upset and said Sharpton did “absolutely nothing” for relations between the two groups.

“Rabbi Marc Schneier should take a damn-good, hard look at the videos of the riots over the three-day period, look at the media reports and he’ll see there clearly the role Al Sharpton played,” he said.

A statement from Sharpton’s spokesperson made note that he has “engaged in many such discussions” and accepted the invitation to speak at the panel.

“For those extremists who want to use this to cause further harm than dialogue and healing, it is unfortunate and Rev. Sharpton will not participate in a circus,” the statement read.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Bob Fowler

    Once again we offer a camera to a clown. How much would it cost for us to never put this buffoon in front of a camera or microphone again? I’ll get another job to pay for it.

    With all of the truly intelligent, educated, thoughtful people available, the only reason to include the a-hole is to incite additional coverage. If we all promise to watch, will you please not let him attend?

  • Pat Johnson

    Jane is a crazy bitter don’t have a life racist .
    In any event Jews don’t forget anything bad that happens to them they
    make it seem as if it’s happening all over again today.
    Sharpton has
    changed since the old NYC days. as a “Black Leader”
    Stop trying to call him an uppity U know what.
    Jews lighten up and live for the future not just the past, with equal fervor.

    • Rodin

      Why? The past is such politically USEFUL propaganda.

    • gloria

      Pat- why don’t you take your own advice? You black folks still whine about slavery

      • Rodin

        Why aren’t we concerned about the present. We have a useless, ineffectual President who can’t get his act together and a mob of railing, raging lunatics vying for his job.

        Sharpton is a non-entity, Crown Heights a non-event.


  • The Facts

    The Rosenbaum murder was committed toward the end of the riot and was not a cause of the riot. Sharpton has no credibility in any forum.

  • Rodin

    Who ME? TOTALLY! Like a fox. How else survive?

    Good without god!

    • Rodin

      The above was meant for Jane down at the bottom. If you’re NOT Jane, please don’t read it.


      You so crazy!
      August 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  • mike

    the scandal is how CBS wrote this. No one would know from the article that the african-american child was killed in an auto accident while the jewish student was knifed to death by a mob. there is also no record whatsoever of any violent reaction to this event by the jewish community so the reference to violence “between” the african-american and jewish communties is at best misleading.

  • steffi

    Al Sharpton is no better than the KKK or the so call religious man calling for jihad. He is a racist. Why didn’t the national media report on what happened at the Wisconsin state fair. I didn’t hear anything from the press. You can bet if it was the other way around, the press would be all over it. The white press only reports what they want. According to the press, it is ok when white people get beat up and kill by roaming gangs of blacks. If they can’t report the news fairly, then they should be looking for a new job. The liberal white media all have brown noses because they have their noses were the sun don’t shine.



    • jane

      Kind of like when the KKK killed Emit TIll. Were those great times too?

      • Will

        kinda like planet of the apes.

      • Rodin

        “Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among god’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.”

        ~ ROD SERLING

    • jane

      That’s what the KKK said after lynching blacks

  • Evie

    Uh, excuse me, but I see nothing’s changed. There was more than one victim in this tragedy. Gavin Cato was the first one to die and his cousin was lucky to have escaped with her life. Did anyone ask Gavin Cato’s dad how he felt about Rev. Sharpton’s participation? As for Sharpton’s contribution or lack thereof to what happened in Crown Heights 20 years ago, what did the Hasidic community do to help ease tensions? Two police cars were escorting Rabbi Schneerson’s caravan. What did they do to help the situation? It seems they were not focused on the children. They could have taken the driver away in a police car if they were so concerned for his safety and let the Hatzolah ambulance take the children to the hospital. Were there any words to the Cato family or the community from Rabbi Schneerson? I could be wrong but don’t remember any.

    • jane

      Black people have learned nothing from their own suffering. The KKK lynched them for comitting rape or muder and they call it racism. This idiot asks what Hasidics have done to “ease the tensions”. Uh, you committed hate crimes against them. That is like the KKK telling black folks they are responsible for “easing the tenisons” after Jasper Tx or Emit TIll. Smh. Black folks have become the opressor just like whites did to them

      • Rodin

        “Black people have learned nothing from their own suffering.”

        Neither has anyone else. Israelis treat Palestinians no different than the Nazis treated them. It’s the story of Humankind repeating itself.

        “What all schoolchildren learn,
        Those to whom evil is done
        Do evil in return.”

        ~ W.H. AUDEN
        American poet born in England
        (1907 – 1973)

  • Bill Cosby

    Maybe Al sould address the Flash Mob violence against white families at the Wisconsin State Fair..Or the Saggy Pants Thug culture that is eroding the morals & prosperity of Blacks..Or the lack of education with blacks..Or the fathers that abandon theri offspring at birth..Or teen pregnancy..Or Generational welfare entitlements as a way of life..Or Black street gangs & the violence they embrace..or the insidious HipHop culture that black children are spoon fed..He has zero integrity,credibility or substance.

  • chris lee

    It’s sad that as adults we even have to have this kind of discussion. Black people in general have nothing to fear from “murderous, rabid Jews” statistically speaking, anyone black, white or otherwise is more likely to be attacked or injured by a black or latino felon. I am black, why can’t we just be blunt about it.



    • barry

      your an ass…

      • Rodin

        @ hull, barry an Curly Joe:

        Nothing like an intellectually convincing argument!

    • hull

      And you negroid POS should just shutup and let the KKK do thier thing

  • Matt.

    Its a shame, Here U have two great groups, with similar history of pain, struggle, oppression, and sacrifice and yet we still cannot come into an agreement of what is right or what is wrong. Both groups due to history should understand the simplexities of this topic, and how both can heal each other through empathy and compremise. Both groups lost someone special, and if you lose this moment to learn and grow we will be no differnet than the perpetrators who commited those crimes.

    • Jane

      The kid who died in a car accident was not an ancestors of slaves or apartheid, he was a recent African incident. Furthermore, equating a lynching and a car accident is offensive. When the KKK killed an innocent black man because another black guy committed murder no one demands that blacks see them as equal. Show me one instance of blacks equating a white person killed in a car accident to Emit TIll.

      • Mona

        First, a kid isn’t an ancestor of of anybody, not is he an incident. Your illiteracy makes it hard to take your point (if you have one) seriously.

  • Alex

    It was as much “violence between African-Americans and members of the Jewish community” as it was “violence” between the Nazis and the Jews in Auschwitz. This was not a fight between two groups. This was a pure pogrom where one group was attacking, killing, robbing and destroying property of the other group while screaming “Death to the Jews!”. The Jews didn’t initiate a single attack against the African-Americans.

    While any death is a tragedy, there is no equivalence between the death of a black child in a car accident and a deliberate murder of a Jewish student by a black gang.

    • Evie

      This is a shameful and disgusting comment Alex. You should be embarassed to defile the memory of Jews who died in Auschwitz and to equate the anger of the Black community with Nazis. Where did you get your propaganda?

      First of all, the course of events began when an unlicensed and uninsured Hasidic driver escorting Rabbi Schneerson’s convoy, was speeding through the neighborhood, ran red light, hit another car, ran onto the sidewalk and hit Gavin Cato and his cousin. Before Sharpton was involved, it was reported that police told the Hasidic ambulance service to “take care of your own”. The driver wasn’t really injured, but they took him away and left the severly injured chldren behind. After Rosenbaum was killed his brother wanted to visit the Cato family, but the police told him not to because it would be dangerous. How many years went by before anyone apologized to Gavin’s dad who suffered for years wondering why no one from the Hasidic community cared enough to say anything? And now you’re adding insult to injury by giving extra value to one death over the other? Deliberate or accidental, no one’s hands are clean except those kids. What happened to the man who ran down those children? Didn’t he claim Israeli citizenship and was allowed to go back to Israel to stand trial? Was there ever a trial? Was he ever punished?

      There have been long-simmering tensions between blacks and jews in Brooklyn for decades beginning with slum lords, then the burning down of their buildings to collect insurance money, fires in which scores of people were left homeless, jobless, and maimed or killed as they slept. Then they started hoarding real estate, holding onto buildings filled with empty apartments that they refuse to rent to anyone other than their own. They have their own patrols who are off-shoots of Jewish militant Mayer Kahane’s Jewish Defense League, plus they have police protection that no one else in the community can get.

      Racism can be exhibited in a number of ways, some more sophisticated than others, but please don’t pretend for a minute that the Lubavicter are without their own brand of malice, disregard and disrespect for their neighbors. As I said, both sides have dirty hands, but neither Gavin or Yankel should have lost their lives no matter how they came to their deaths.

      • sk

        i’m not saying the driver should not have been more careful but you still can’t compare soemoen run over by accident and a man that is killed by a mob yelling “kill the jew”. besides youre’ complaining about the treatment jews have towards blacks? what about all the jews that fought FOR blacks and RISKED THEIR LIVES during the civil rights movemnts? jews have done more to help the blacks more than any other group in american history and they never got anything in return!

      • jane

        Alex is right. Blacks acted like Nazi’s. Evie, you should be ashamed of yourself. The people who killed Emit TIll had better excuses. Blacks were lynch for better reasons then the ones you listed above. Did you really not know that. Evie, when I read what you wrote I could invision you wearing a white sheet while burning a cross on someone’s lawn. How does it feel to be a black KKK? You are just like the people who killed Emit Till. You have learned nothing from how white treated you

  • Aquila729

    The problem with Sharpton is that he has been given credibility by the “Press”. How does he support himself? What job does he have? What other jobs did he have before he started living off other people’s money?
    Any credibility that Sharpton may have had should have been thrown out the window when the Tawana Brawley case was exposed as a complete hoax YET, this convicted liar (as a civil court found in the Brawley case) was allowed to stay in the public eye and represent the grievances of black people. When black citizens keep putting people like Sharpton and Marion Berry back into public service, they depreciate their own cause and lose respect. Sharpton is nothing but a race baiter!

    • f weidner

      It is a great moment when we can learn from our mistakes. Al Sharpton is one of them. I think he was fooled by Tawana Brawley , and her family, and he was not the only one. As for the Rosenbaum stabbing, it was sad and wrong.Yet, let us remember that it was the preception of how Gavin Cato was left to die while a Jewish volenture ambulance tended to the minor injuries of the Jewish driver who ran over the child while running a red light. Both these groups have seen trajedy, violence, and hatred spewed against them. Both have directed some of that hatred at each other. I commend all and every effort from those who can forgive the past and move to a better day.

      • jane

        All lynch mobs have their excuses. Blacks used this as an excuse to lynch an innocent man just like the KKK did them. Trying to justify a lynch mob by referring to a car accident that happened 3 hours earlier is stupid. The KKK had better excuses then that!

    • Evie

      Lose respect over Al Sharpton? You have the nerve to talk when you’re listening to Rush Limbaugh. How much respect do you think there is for you? Talk about a race baiter.

      I’m not crazy about Rev. Sharpton, but I know that had not intervened, those thugs in Howard Beach would have gotten away with murder. The police didn’t care and weren’t taking this seriously. They allowed the girlfriend of one of the murderers to sit on her punk boyfriend’s lap while he was being “interrogated”. What a joke! And what about Amadou Diallo? Had Sharpton not gotten involved do you think for one second those police officers would have gone to trial? They would have been cleared instantly by some bogus review and all the antics the police pulled would never have been exposed. I think that the problem people have most with Rev. Sharpton is that he continually exposes the underside of institutions we’re supposed to trust. It has to be hard to reconcile.

  • jane

    Growing up in the late 90’s there were two hate crimes we were taught about in a way that made it unclear who the victims were and who the perpetrato­rs- the Crown Heights riot and the LA riots. People learn about both from books by Anna Deauvere Smith, a black woman, in which she desribes these hate crimes in a way that makes the black perpetrato­rs seem more sympatheti­c then the victim. I always wonder who no one every quesitons why she doesn’t write about all the “tensions” between blacks and whites in a similar manner. These were hate crimes. And having seem people try to justify both of them by listing off all their gripes about Asians and Jews it has saddened me greatly. I have never heard anyone try to justfy white on black hate crimes. Unfortunat­ely black on Asian and black on Jewish hate crimes are always depicted in a way that is dishonest and disgusting­ly sympatheti­c to the lynch mob

    • KPMc

      Who are you referring to?

      Anna Deavere Smith (no u) is a stage, film and TV actress now known for playing the administrative boss on Nurse Jackie. She is a black woman but the only books I see that she has written are about acting and media.

      Am I missing something or are you confusing her with someone else? The name as you spell it does not return any results in google.

      Please clarify.

      • jane

        Fires in the Mirror and Twilight Los Angeles. Books Ms Smith wrote in which she descibes hate crimes her people have perpetrated in a way that covers up a hate crime happened and instead focuses on sympathizing with the perpetrators. I wonder why she doesn’t do this about all those white-on-black incidents

  • KPMc

    “it is unfortunate and Rev. Sharpton will not participate in a circus,” the statement read.”

    That would be the first time for the ringleader, clown and elephant that’s all rolled into one.

  • Kathy Kalous

    Somebody offered an olive branch. Sometimes I just loose hope with humanity.

    • Rodin

      “Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among god’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.”

  • Rodin

    Sooooooooooo long ago, who cares?

    • jane

      Really Rodin? Blacks are still smarting over Emit Till. That was a bit further back, wasn’t it

      • Rodin

        Sorry, my reply went to the top. I put it in the wrong box:

        August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        Who ME? TOTALLY! Like a fox. How else survive the insanity?

        Time for a drink. I’m soon having lunch and I never eat on an empty stomach.

        Good without god!

      • jane

        You so crazy!

      • Rodin

        You mean EMMETT Till. So long ago you can’t even spell his name.

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