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Self-described white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who became a public face of the now-infamous "Unite the Right" rally in Charlotteville, Va., was denied bond Thursday at the Albemarle County General District Court, said University of Virginia Police.

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted events nationwide to publicly reject racism, extremism and bigotry. In Niagara Falls, elected officials, tourism leaders and representatives of the religious community united to share a message that hate is unwelcome in the Cataract City.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Racism, bigotry, and Donald Trump were denounced Wednesday during a prayer vigil in the historic Durham Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in downtown Buffalo.

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A large group of parents and residents from around Windermere Boulevard Elementary School turned out Tuesday night to support the school in the wake of racist graffiti being found on some playground equipment.

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The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York condemns the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke the leader of the organization who is calling on Western New Yorkers to stand together against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry.  

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What happens when we lend high school students our recording equipment and let them do interviews on any topics they choose? As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we continue our Student Journals series. Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says an ambitious student at Amherst Central High School conducted a number of interviews with classmates.  


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The New York State Education Department is ordering a hearing for Carl Paladino. This is in response to the Buffalo Board of Education's request to remove Paladino from the city school board. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley was first to report Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has ordered the hearing be held June 22 in Albany.

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An employee at Guercio and Sons on Grant Street in Buffalo has been fired for what is considered a racist act.

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On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is ordering an investigation into the flyers with racist messages that circulated around the Village of Lewiston earlier this week.

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The National Federation for Just Communities works closely with students. This week it hosted its annual Spring High School Youth Leadership Conference. WBFO's Senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with three Buffalo high school teenagers at Temple Beth Zion where they discussed racism and segregation issues. 


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Canisius College says it has identified all of the individuals involved with a black baby doll found in a dorm elevator last month and related racist social media posts. Two of the students have left the college and the others have been disciplined.

Holocaust Center joins alarm about hate crimes

Dec 9, 2016

In recent months, there has been a surge in reported hate speech - on Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Now an international group of 90 organizations, including the Holocaust Center of Buffalo, plus 71 Holocaust scholars and educators have signed on to a statement condemning such intolerance.

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There has been another racist incident on a local college campus. Two Daemen College students were placed on suspension after a male student wore a costume that resembled a KKK outfit inside Canavan Hall Monday night. A second student, who helped dress him, was also suspended. 

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, there have been reported cases of racial bigotry found on some SUNY campuses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a SUNY student leader about the issue.    

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering a full investigation into an alleged hate crime in the Southern Tier Village of Wellsville.

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Racial unrest remains at the forefront across the nation and right here in western New York. Last week, a black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda received a racist note. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with a UB professor who explores our past to understand the present.  

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Local religious leaders have been an advancing an agenda for the past 14 months that aims to minimize the chances that Buffalo will travel down the path that sparked tragedy in Ferguson and other communities.

The Buffalo Bills

The 1965 AFL All-Star Game boycott by black players was a landmark moment in American sports. The previous generation of African-American athletes had all it could do to break the color barrier and secure footholds on professional rosters. But in 1965, the AFL’s new generation of black players upped the ante considerably, taking direct political action against racism for the first time -- and several Buffalo Bills helped lead the way.


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If the name of the late President Millard Fillmore is placed on any new buildings or sites, a local civil rights group says the "whole story" must be told.

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One of the most memorable stories of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is used as a teaching tool on the Buffalo State campus. Since 2009, the Anne Frank Project has been educating new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

Local worker who endured racial taunts awarded $25 million

Jun 13, 2012

A federal court jury has awarded $25 million in damages to a Buffalo-area steel plant employee who says he his bosses failed to stop years of racial taunts and insults from his co-workers.

The Buffalo News reports that the jury on Tuesday found Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal and some of its former executives responsible for the treatment Elijah Turley endured while working at the company's steel plant, which closed in 2009.