Annoying Neighbors

Story #1091
Last Updated: 3/20/2007 6:05:46 PM
You guys think that you have bad neighbors? Check out the ones that I used to have!! I have truly bad neighbors but not as bad as the ones my parents have. When I was twelve, my dad decided to buy a house in this really religious hasidic (a member of a Jewish mystic movement founded in the 18th century in eastern Europe by Baal Shem Tov) Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. After we moved, I noticed that the members of this sect, especially the kids, would heckle us, throwing us racist slurs and names, regardless of any adult presence from their sect. We're Asian, possibly the first and only (still) Asian family on this NY city block alone, so I could see why they were so vicious. Of course, since none of the adults were willing to help us (because they were the same way years ago!), flat-out ignoring us when the heckling was (and still is!) going on, me and others in my family weren't able to do anything about it. Their solution, of course, was to ignore it which only made the situation worse. Not only was this vicious outburst occurring at this time (and still is!), but also members of this sect, mostly the unruly, taught-to-be-racist-kids, were throwing garbage like paper wrappers and used cups into our front yard and property. I've never been able to catch them in the act but to this day, whenever, I come back to visit my folks, sure enough, some type of trash would be lying around somewhere on their property. Not only that, but these people would also stand around and stare at us like we were intruders on their turf, ignoring the fact that we have lived in this house in this neighborhood for past 10-20 years. Thankfully, though, I've moved away and lived in 2 different places since then. How sad is that, that this world is populated by such sad little, racist, narrow-minded people. The way things have been going, regretfully, it's going to be a while before I come back for another visit.
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