East Yonkers : Residents’ Reactions
to the Desegregation Case
everyone deserves the american dream
Also white pride is what made them feel anti public housing. That pride in overcoming the barriers of this country and making a fulfilling life in America supposedly built the basis for terms of fairness. They saw the separation between East and Southwest Yonkers as a strength and not a limitation because it defined them – those that had made it. It is commendable that one worked hard to defeat the hand of oppression and rise above the cycle of poverty, but why is not acceptable when one is given the chance to do the same? It would seem as though whites would accept a white family moving into their neighborhoods, regardless if they lived an extremely poor existence, because they were trying to do better for themselves. However, people become hypocrites and it becomes racism when you deny another family the very same sense of hospitality just because they are Black or Puerto Rican or Dominican. One would contemplate that it would be rewarding to know that your neighborhood helped a racial group raise its standard of living and become a more integral part of society, yet this lack of presence in Yonkers led to the only thing they saw – these dumb races entering MY neighborhood and it being unbelievably unfair.
 Belkin, Show Me a Hero, 15.