On This Day 24 Years Ago: Crown Heights Riot Erupts

Twenty-four years ago, on August 19, 1991, a tragic car accident in Crown Heights escalated into a pogrom against the Jewish people. It later became known as The Crown Heights Riot.

The media usually gives it a politically correct description: “violence between the area’s Blacks and Jews.” But the violence was not two-sided. The Crown Heights riot was an attack on the Jews by the neighborhood’s African-American community, fueled in large part by Al Sharpton and his race-baiting ilk.

In the aftermath of the riot, only one prominent journalist – The New York Times’ A.M. Rosenthal – had the courage to call the riot what it was – a pogrom. A little over a year later, he wrote a follow up op-ed decrying the ongoing racial exploitation by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Much of what he wrote seems applicable today, almost a quarter-century later.

The 24th anniversary of the riot was marked today by Time Magazine and the NY Daily News.

CrownHeights.info presents a collection of video clips of the calamitous event:


  • old timer

    please rename the article.

    please refrain from calling it a “riot”

    “riot” denotes general violence and destruction

    since only Jews and Jewish-owned property was targeted, it was a POGROM.

    • Another old timer

      You are right that it was a pogrom directed at the Jews, but for historical accuracy the murderers didn’t discriminate to destroy plenty property of their own while they were at it.

  • curious

    why would the police wear helmets and not bullet proof vests? (the first vests were made in the 1860s)

  • sw

    yes, true. it seems that the fact that people were put up to rioting was not made so well known, therefore minimizing the use of POGROM which is correct.
    Media LIES.

  • lms

    truth be that it was a horrible example (in addition to so much more of the complications and injustices) to people who have sad lives. They want to belong to something, and they will listen to their “leaders” who misguide them into spending years of their lives in violence and hate, to get them….
    nowhere, nothing
    they use those people to do this

  • 24 years later no changes for better

    We live in the same reality till now …. Hate & crime till now ….. Getto remains getto …. Even yuppies can’t change it by blending in our neighborhood , …

  • Sox fan

    Thank you, FBI and US attorney for arresting, prosecuting and convicting the killers of Yankel Rosenbaum, zt’l.