Time for honest conversations about Lakewood | Di Ionno

Over the past several days, I’ve been having an honest conversation about Lakewood — with myself.

The words of a reader continue to run through my head:

“We are very easily ‘othered,'” he said. “We’re the guys in the black hats.”

The man contacted me after my first column on April 2 about how the burgeoning Orthodox – or Haredi – community has transformed the township over the past decade.

That reader, and a few others, voiced concerns about what they perceived as an anti-Semitic tone in the column, which was headlined: “In Lakewood, new scrutiny on business as usual.”

I …read more

Source: NJ.com Ocean

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