When a man saw his 68-year-old neighbor taping a paper menorah to her window, he begged her to take it down. “Don’t you know what’s going on?” he asked. “Yes,” the woman replied. “That’s exactly why I’m putting it up.”
On September 26, 1993, three white men entered the African Methodist Episcopal Wayman Chapel and stood against the back wall with arms folded. They had come to intimidate the predominantly African American congregation, not to pray. When members of other congregations heard about the incident, they began to attend services at the church.
After a cinderblock was hurled through Isaac Schnitzer’s bedroom window in December of 1993, a police officer advised the Schnitzers to take down their Chanukah decorations. Tammie Schnitzer wondered: "But how do you explain that to a child?"
Tammie Schnitzer said of the hate literature that blanketed her community:
"Where do I stop it? Do I stop it when there’s a swatiska on the synagogue? Do I stop it when the synagogue gets bombed? I want to stop it now!"