Photo: Chanda Hall

New York Magazine follows up on the story of an incident between a white woman, Susan Schulz, who called police on her black neighbors, Fareed and Norrinda Hayat, in Upper Montclair in June. Author Allison P. Davis interviews the Hayats, as well as several neighbors who witnessed the incident, in a piece entitled “The Karen Next Door.”

Davis writes:

There are also subtler ways in which the Black experience in Montclair is fundamentally different, ways Black Montclarions experience race and racism their white neighbors probably aren’t aware of, ways that can’t be mass-addressed with town halls or seminars or marches or anti-racist reading lists supplied by the Montclair library. Both Christina Joseph Robinson and her husband are from Black families that have lived in Montclair for decades. It’s a town she feels comfortable in as a Black woman. “But you still have to kind of hunt out where the Black people are,” she said. “You know, historically, in the Fourth Ward there are more Black people than there are in other sections of town. Everywhere else, you might be the only one on your block, you know? I’m sure there’s people that probably have never even been to certain parts of town or that may not know where the good Caribbean-food spot is or the hair-braiding spots. ‘Oh, I never even knew that was there.’ I hear that all the time.”