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WBEN Extra: Race Relations in WNY



Join WBEN's John Zach & Susan Rose for an in-depth discussion of race and racism from Tuesday morning's edition of Buffalo's Early News.

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.


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07/16/2013 9:05AM
Are race relations improving?
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07/16/2013 11:57AM
Irony of ironies
This from a right wing outlet that gives us vile racist Limbaugh every day. You people are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Good thing American demographics are leaving you Archie Bunkers behind.
07/17/2013 12:17AM
The Assumption of Guilt
Part of the issue with racism is those who actively look for it and seek to see it in every word and deed. Making the assumption that this is what motivates someone is negative profiling and must also stop. I am positively sickened that a challenge may be made to this verdict. Why have a justice system in place if we won't accept the outcome? As a white woman, I hold no issue with any race I can think of. However, I do take issue with anyone who would make the assumption that I am biased because of the color of MY skin. We must all lower our guard, begin to reach out and trust, and see the ill of perpetuating the belief that racism motivates all actions. My forefathers weren't even in this country at the time of slavery, yet I am to be held up as the devil? Innocent until proven guilty has always been one of the main tenets of American justice. I will not give an opinion on the guilt or innocence of Mr. Zimmerman since I do not have the facts that the jurors were privy to. We need to begin to trust our system, and start trusting one another. The past is the past, and although it was never mine, I am stuck with the consequences of it. I hope to see that change in my lifetime.
07/17/2013 9:41AM
Wow Limbaugh sure covered himself in glory Tuesday.
This is 2013 and you people are still spewing racist filth over our airwaves. To be fair, not all right wing tea party Republicans are racist. But all racists are right wing tea party Republicans.
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