Crown Heights Councilwoman-Elect Blames ‘Knockout’ Attacks On Success Of The Jewish Community

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koIncoming Crown Heights Councilwomen drew some racial controversy Tuesday as she pointed to a possible reason to the latest increased attacks against Jews in Crown Heights as “resentment” against “the accomplishments of the Jewish community.”

There’s ” a great deal of confusion about why this epidemic [of knockout game attacks] had begun in the first place, and whether or not it should be viewed as a series of hate crimes. My comments regarding my thoughts on the origin of the “Knock Out Game” came from a place of wanting to get to the heart of the matter, as uncomfortable as that might be for many,” Laurie Cumbo, New York City Council member-elect, representing the 35th District which covers Crown Heights, wrote in a statement Tuesday. “it was brought to my attention by many of the African American/Caribbean residents that perhaps the relationship between the two communities is not as great as it is currently perceived to be by the leadership. Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes. I relayed these sentiments at the forum not as an insult to the Jewish community, but rather to offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a “hate crime” against a community that they know very little about.”

“I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Ms. Cumbo stated as a possible reason for the latest Hate crimes against Jews in Crown Heights.

Councilwoman Cumbo also seemed to suggest that the recent reporting and coverage of the event in the Jewish Media has invoked racial discomfort between the Jewish community and the black community in Brooklyn.

“I am concerned that the media attention around the “Knock Out Game” is divisive and will erode the real progress that has been made over decades,” she wrote in the lengthy statement.

While promising to work with City officials to fight any sort of crime against any individual, Ms. Cumbo did offer a partial explanation about the nature of the attacks, not only as a game but as a severe wound within her community that results in these kind of attacks. “As an African American woman, this is challenging, because I recognize that it is Black children and not Jewish children that are playing the “Knock Out Game.” Why is this? In many ways governmental neglect, outside uncontrolled influences and failed leadership have led to the breakdown that so many young people of color are currently facing. I feel torn because I feel apart of the very system that has caused the destructive path that so many young people have decided to take while I am simultaneously demanding that they be arrested by that same system,” she asserted.

In a recent interview on National TV, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind also brought up the racial aspect, although he didn’t state it as racial-related.

“It so happens that literally almost every single victim in New York has been Jewish and almost every single perpetrator has been black,” Mr. Hikind told Greta on Fox News, Monday evening. “It’s not my job to say is it racial or not. At this point, it hardly matters. The point is, this is a phenomena that is so sick and so beyond the pale, this kind of behavior, attacking innocent people.”

(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)




8 COMMENTS

  1. oh, so it’s the Jews’ FAULT that they’re getting punched by black people? Councilman Greenfield, how can you sit on the same concil with such a blatant racist?! Please, lead the call for her impeachment!
    “As an African American woman, this is challenging, because I recognize that it is Black children and not Jewish children that are playing the “Knock Out Game.” Why is this?” I’ll tell you why it is and, dear councilwoman elect, it is not the government’s fault nor is it “outside unontrolled influences”. It’s is YOUR FAULT. You, and every other apologist for the criminally aggressive acts of these teenagers. It’s very simple: they are breaking the law and deserve to be prosecuted. They know full well that what they are doing is wrong and unless you punish them to the full extent of the law, they will continue with their lawless behavior.
    I wonder how tolerant she would be if it were Jewish teenagers who were punching black children and elderly…

  2. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that the young black community has an unemployment rate of about 50% thanks in large part to the first black president. Not to mention the fact that the great majority of this community are single unwed mothers raising illiterate drug users. But she can’t say that so instead she blames the Jews.

  3. isn’t this straight out of “Mein Kamp” except said by Mrs. Cumbo?

    “Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase home”

  4. “Laurie has really made an effort to reach out to the Jewish residents of the District,” said Chanina Sperlin, Chairman of the Committee. “She understands the issues that our families face and she has made the alliances necessary to get things done.

    “We are calling on all residents of the District to go out and vote on Tuesday and vote for Laurie Cumbo for City Council.” –YWN Monday, September 9th, 2013

    OOPS!!!!!

  5. Councilwoman Cumbo’s letter strikes me as well meaning searching and speculation for this distressing phenomena. Here’s mine. In a twisted way black folks are showing that the actions of George Zimmerman were not excessive and that he should not be persecuted and hounded.

  6. Makes a lot of sense..that’s why so many NON Jews are getting punched out in all parts of our country. It ALL has to do with Crown Heights, right??? C’mon!!