HIDDEN institutional racism in Western New York

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    Jun 22, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    Buffalo coalition rallies against Confederate flag
    Confederacy is symbol of hatred, group says

    The Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition burned Confederate flags in Niagara Square on Sunday, denouncing racism and calling for an end to the flag they said symbolizes a culture of hatred, violence and oppression....

    ...Those at the protest talked of Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino and referred to him as a sort of a poster child of the “hidden, institutional racism” in Western New York.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 24, 2015 3:09 AM GMT
    As much as I love Buffalo and western New York, I am fully well aware of the persistent problem of racism. Carl Paladino is an ignorant loudmouth for the most part although there are certain times when I agree with him. But most of the time he is offensive and over the top. Buffalo had a mayor who was exactly like Mr. Paladino during the 1980s, Jimmy Griffin. He was the Archie Bunker of western New York politics. Not only was mayor Griffin racist he was also xenophobic, homophobic, anti semitic, and anti feminist. The Buffalo Metro Area remains highly segregated with most of the black population living in the city of Buffalo while most of the suburbs and smaller cities remain predominately white. The only other municipalities in the two county Buffalo Metro Area with sizable minority populations are the smaller cities of Lackawanna, Lockport, and Niagara Falls.