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In the wake of an alleged racial assault in their community in August, members of the East Meadow Clergy Fellowship yesterday publicly defended East Meadow, saying it was not a racist area. But the group also said that "all here is not well."
In the August incident, a white East Meadow man allegedly beat two black teenagers with a golf club, prompting a protest march on Sept. 4 sponsored by the Hempstead NAACP that was met with raucous heckling and racial slurs by some onlookers.
The Rev. Daniel Hurley of St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church said that since the incident, "things have calmed down considerably" in East Meadow and there is "very little evidence of turmoil" over it. He said fellowship members had spoken to their congregations about the incident, terming the response "very positive."