Advice for the New Mayor

Stern, William

Cove, Peter

Kotkin, Joel

Savas, E. S.

Biederman, Daniel

McCaughey, Elizabeth

Heinemann, H. Erich

Brooke-Hitching, Harley

Moss, Mitchell

Nathan, Richard

Zuckerman, Mortimer

Cornuelle, Richard

Mahoney, Margaret

Berger, Stephen

Wriston, Walter B.

Morris, Charles

Crouch, Stanley


Stanley Crouch Author, Notes of a Hanging Judge


The media tend to dwell on incidents of racial hatred. But far more often, people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds risk their safety to help one another. A black guy is attacked by white thugs on Staten Island, and Italian guys come out of a pizza place and help fight them off. A white woman is mugged on the subway and a young black and Hispanic guy catch the mugger, bring the woman back her purse, and hold the mugger for the police. A Jewish guy's van catches fire in Brooklyn, and a couple of young black guys go into the van and save the driver's children.

As mayor, you should publicly celebrate these humanitarian acts. They are far more representative of what's really happening than the hysterical ideas about ingrained racial hostility that the media pump out.

  • This document was created from the article, "Advice for the New Mayor" by Walter B. Wriston, Stanley Crouch, Stephen Berger, Charles Morris, Margaret Mahoney, Richard Cornuelle, Mortimer Zuckerman, Richard Nathan, Mitchell Moss, Harley Brooke-Hitching, H. Erich Heinemann, Elizabeth McCaughey, Daniel Biederman, E. S. Savas, Joel Kotkin, Peter Cove, and William Stern for the Winter 1994 edition of ... read more
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