Archive for July 5th, 2005

5th July

First Published in The New York Sun, July 5, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Following the assault of a young black man in Howard Beach last week, it has become the bad luck of the people who live in the neighborhood to suffer through the endless rehashing of the more serious events of 19 years ago.Other than the location and the races of those involved, there is little similarity between the two incidents.To characterize the assault of the young black man there last week as a racial incident in the same terms as the murder of Michael Griffith in 1986 simply isn’t right or fair.

The recent incident was more of a case of young men — black and white — out at 3 a.m. looking for trouble and finding it. Both the alleged perpetrator and his victim are no strangers to our criminal justice system. (more…)