Picks and Pans Review: Seven Days in Bensonhurst
updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Frontline correspondent Shelby Steele examines racial tension in New York in the aftermath of last year's shooting of a 16-year-old black youth, Yusuf Hawkins, who had traveled to a predominantly white neighborhood in Brooklyn to price a used car. One of the program's strongest points is that this very real tragedy was exploited and then forgotten by the media, photo-op politicians and sound-bite activists. The essay is both cogent and timely: Two men went on trial in Brooklyn for Hawkins's murder late last month.