Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption
by Lisa Belkin
When Nicholas Wasicsko was growing up, he knew he was going to be mayor of Yonkers. The other kids teased him about his dream, calling him "The Mayor" on the basketball court. But on November 3, 1987, when he was only twenty-eight years old, Nick did indeed become mayor - in fact, the country's youngest. It turned out to be less than a dream job. The city had just been sla...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Little Brown and Company
(first published 1999)
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This was an assignment for my current studio class, as we are working on a project in Yonkers, NY. The book details the Federal desegregation case against Yonkers in the 1980s, the political maelstrom that resulted from the case, and the ramifications of the case on some of the citizens of Yonkers as they either moved into the new townhouses designed to integrate the city or prepared to make way for new neighbors. The book was well-written and serves as a solid history of a specific time and pla...more
Read in 3 sittings over a weekend. Completely engrossing and stays with you after you've finished. Interesting juxtaposition between Judge Sands in Yonkers and Judge Garrity in Boston - similar issues with different approaches. In the epilogue, Lisa Belkin provides some insight on her opinion of Judge Sands' ruling, noting his residence in an affluent, leafy, white Westchester suburb. Sands rightfully demanded desegregation in Yonkers, yet made a similar (and stronger) choice as those east side...more
Extremely readable story of the battle to construct low income housing on the east (middle class) side of Yonkers. I enjoyed reading about the particular people Lisa Belkin chose to write about. I though it was a very thought provoking story.
Feb 27, 2007 Sharon W. rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social justice, African-American studies, Race relations, American history,
Explains and examines racism found within a city (Younkers, New York), when low-income housing is supposed to cross a black-white divide, and how the community was torn apart and later stiched back together.