Racial Events, Diplomacy, and Dinkins's Image

Clarence Taylor

in Civil Rights in New York City

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823232895
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240876 | DOI:
Racial Events, Diplomacy, and Dinkins's Image

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New York City is a political environment replete with socially isolated ethnic groups. This is how the Chinese met whites and how Jews met blacks. Usually the buyer and seller enjoy a limited and peaceful transaction, but occasionally there is a misunderstanding that leads to conflict. The premise of David Dinkins's mayoral campaign was that the city needed a mayor who could resolve these recurrent racial/ethnic conflicts. The Bensonhurst and Howard Beach incidents had convinced many New Yorkers that the racial situation was getting out of hand. Dinkins portrayed himself as the man who could create a political environment in which such conflicts would be unlikely and as a man who could anticipate these racial incidents before they occurred and resolve them once they did.

Keywords: David Dinkins; racial conflicts; ethnic conflicts; Bensonhurst; Howard Beach; mayoral campaign

Chapter.  9031 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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