The 1990s represented the worst of America: the 1991 Crown Heights tensions that exploded after a rabbi’s motorcade accidentally killed 7-year-old Gavin Cato, a black boy, and a group of black men killed 29-year-old Yankel Rosenbaum, a Jewish student, for revenge; the 1992 acquittal of four white policemen videotaped beating Rodney King, and the resulting riots in Los Angeles; the 1995 terrorist bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City; massive government infusions of money for prisons, but not for schools; the 1998 death by dragging of African American James Byrd in Jasper, Texas; the 1999 New York City shooting 41 times of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed young African immigrant street peddler, by four white policemen; and the 1999 shooting rampage that left 15 dead and several more injured at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. These were terrible times.
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