To all Crown Heights Residents,
I am a Shlucha’s daughter who boards at my grandparents’ house and attends Beis Rivkah High School in Crown Heights.
Earlier this evening, I heard the doorbell ring, and when I went to the door, I saw an African American woman wearing her badge which clearly identified her as a census worker.
I opened the door and she explained to me that she is going to all the homes who did not send in their census forms.
She told me that this is for our benefit so we can have better representation in Congress.
I gave her all the necessary information. When I was done, she gave me a couple of addresses on my block and asked me if I knew the names of the individuals who live there.
She told me that when she is in this neighborhood ringing peoples doors, most people don’t answer, and if they do they tell her to come back later, or that they can not give out such personal information. (Mind you….it is just your date of birth, gender, and first and last name.)
One lady even told her that her Rabbi does not allow her to fill out such forms.
This lady told me that she lives on Carroll street between Brooklyn and New York and that she has a good relationship with her Jewish neighbors, but she suspects that the reason people don’t answer their doors is because she is black.
As I felt bad for the Chilul Hashem that people were making, I offered to go with her to a few houses on my block that she needed the information from.
Interesting enough, when people saw me with her, they opened their doors. Once I explained what she was doing, some people cooperated with her and gave her the information, however the majority of the people were rude.
One lady came to the door and told us that her son was not supposed to open the door for us and that she is not the owner of the house so she can not help us. (She is my neighbor… I know it is her house…)
I can write several more rude things that the census worker told me people told her. Perhaps it is because I did not grow up in Crown Heights, but my point is that I feel a person should not be judged by their skin color but by their action.
In the future no matter who comes to your door, you should treat them with simple courtesy and mentchlichkeit and that way you will be making a Kiddush Hashem instead of a Chilul Hashem.