How big of a problem do you think race relations is in the United States? Are race relations improving or getting worse?
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Hear a new in-studio guest from each half hour of Tuesday morning's program, including Dr. Henry Louis Taylor of UB's Center For Urban Studies, Rev. Kinzer Pointer, Pastor at Agape Fellowship in Buffalo, Brenda MacDuffie, Pres. The Urban League of Buffalo, and politician & civil rights leader George Arthur.
From UB's Center For Urban Studies
Dr. Henry Louis Taylor:
Education is key to better race relations and childhood success that will keep African Americans out of jail:
"Right now, we know all of the programs that (work) . All of these programs are being cut and slashed. That's racism. It's what we call structural racism. And it's whites driving the cuts"
From Agape Fellowship:
Rev. Kinzer Pointer, former Buffalo School Board Member:
"Our interaction with each other and our common knowledge of each other diffuses a number of situations.. I'm less likely to be racist with people that I know well. We continue to be isolated in our pods."
From The Buffalo chapter of The Urban League:
Brenda MacDuffie, President
" We are at a pivotal point.Tthis year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Emancipation.. and certainly the 50th anniversary of the (Civil Rights) March on Washington. Although we see tremendous change that has taken place across the entire nation, there is no doubt in my mind, as well as confirmed by any documentation you see, that race is a major issue that our nation and our community must deal with"
from George Arthur,
Plaintiff in the Buffalo Schools Desegregation Case, Former Buffalo Council President
" Things are not going in the right direction. I think there are little things that are happening that are sending codes and messages out to the minority community that things are in a change mode and they are not for the better. A case in point, what's happening with the Supreme Court and the Voting Rights Act. "
From Rasmussen Reports:
In general, before the Zimmerman Trial, a majority of Americans had suggested racial tolerance is getting better.
POLL: More Americans than ever give race relations in the United States positive ratings and feel these relations are improving.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of American Adults rate race relations in America today as good or excellent. Just 14% view those relations as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 16-17, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.