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

PBS (Tues., May 15, 9 P.M. ET)


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.

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