East Yonkers : Residents’ Reactions
to the Desegregation Case
everyone deserves the american dream
Yonkers cannot continue to believe that just being outspoken neighbors encompasses their whole stance. They must accept that fact that their insolence rooted from a prejudicial viewpoint against minorities. They can dwell on the fact that they were honestly looking out for the neighborhoods’ identity or the values of their home or the concept of fairness, but to deny what really upset their souls is a brazen thing. A discriminatory community has more power than the government as shown by Yonkers, and what it supports can really be the total opposite of what Americans supposedly uphold: the idea that every man is created equal and should be entitled to live in a country ruled by justice and honor and not influenced by old, group stereotypes. In fact after minorities moved into some neighborhoods, individuals said that there was no tear in the social fabric of the community and their neighborhood actually functions just fine. Whites in East Yonkers misjudged the humanity of minorities, and because of their past convictions to make blacks the pariahs in East Yonkers, they will be seen as a community that was brought to the limelight through their prejudicial attitudes towards everyday Americans.
 De Souza Briggs et al, “In the Wake of Desegregation”,44.