Today in NYC History: The Shooting of Amadou Diallo

New York City’s simmering racial tensions periodically erupt after traumatic events like the death of Eric Garner. On February 4, 1999, policemen fired 41 shots at Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo in a case of mistaken identity. The event shook the City, becoming a turning point in public sentiment towards Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s aggressive policing strategy. Not…

Today’s Protests Are Centuries in the Making

This was first published in the Gotham Gazette on December 29, 2014. Today’s Protests are Centuries in the Making The tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu offer New Yorkers an opportunity to have a real conversation about our city’s sordid racial history. Racial politics may have come a long way in a…