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View Diary: A tale of two New Yorks on race (58 comments)

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  •  I was in Union Square (10+ / 0-)

    When Jeffrey Babbitt was attacked  - and saw him while he was being treated by paramedics - I missed (thankfully) the actual attack.  Witnesses and other bystanders were talkng about the attacker and what he said. People of all races, including some Lubavitchers were talking about it. All shocked and horrified. But no discernable tension, anger or defensiveness. In a very weird sense it was one of the most "colorblind" moments I can remember.

    And poor Jeffrey Babbit. The paramedics had him sitting up. He head was bleeding and he seemed very dazed, but it wasn't obvious how greviously injured he was.  It was a very sad and senseless way to die.

    Stop and frisk would or could not hae prevented it in any imagined scenario because a weapon was not used in the attack. It is arguable that more resources directed to the severely mentally ill might have.

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