racism

Toronto Police Department

Toronto’s mayor has promised sweeping changes to the city’s police services. His announcement follows an Ontario Human Rights Commission report outlining strong anti-Black racism by Toronto Police.

Trader Joe's is getting rid of product names such as Trader José's, Arabian Joe's and Trader Ming's that critics say are racist and "perpetuates harmful stereotypes."

"We made the decision several years ago to use only the Trader Joe's name on our products moving forward," spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told NPR by email. She added that the company "had hoped that the work would be complete by now but there are still a small number of products going through the packaging change and we expect to be done very soon."

Policing Women Part 2: When Black women are criminalized

Jul 21, 2020
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While much of the national conversation about police reform has focused on race, gender also affects policing. Combine race and gender and you will find that women -- particularly Black women -- are being stopped by police much more often than two decades ago, and those stops are becoming much more troubling.

Becky Sullivan / NPR

While much of the national conversation about police reform has focused on race, gender also affects policing. Combine race and gender and you will find that women -- particularly Black women -- are being stopped by police much more often than two decades ago, and those stops are becoming much more troubling.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

This weekend, a local organization dedicated to building strong children and ending systems of exploitation and oppression, announced the winners of a blog contest in which young people were asked to come up with remedies to racism.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, which is made up of direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and fellow abolitionist Booker T. Washington, ran the contest and hosted a webinar with the winners on Saturday.

Courtesy of Pamela Fordham

Earlier this spring, Amherst Central High School decided not to offer a longtime elective class called “Race in America” during the coming school year. Then came the police killing of George Floyd, nationwide protests over systemic racism, and a group of students that wasn’t having it.


For advocates, white allyship involves action

Jun 30, 2020
Sarah Gager / WSKG

Systemic racism is one group of people controlling all major institutions and resources.

“White people are the problem,” said Anne Rhodes, member of the Tompkins County chapter of Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). By not being engaged in racial justice, she said white people have allowed racial inequality.

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Following the many protests around the world against racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have also gained momentum to remove names and symbols associated with slavery or racism in history, and it has been having an impact in two eastern Ontario counties.

City of Buffalo

This year's Juneteenth may spark more demonstrations than celebrations, as tensions remain high after the recent death of George Floyd and other African Americans during encounters with police. Juneteenth historically recalls that day in 1865 when the enslaved flooded the streets of Galveston, TX to celebrate their newly announced freedom. But its 2020 observance also begs a look at systemic racism in its modern form.


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Recent protests over the death of George Floyd have pulled back the curtain on issues related to race in Buffalo. WBFO’s Madison Ruffo spoke with one city resident about his own experiences with racism. 


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo Public Schools staffers, teachers and administrators are pushing for more African American history in what the district teaches, as well as pushing young people and their parents to vote and permanently change things.

WBFO News

Police seem to dominate so many conversation these days, as protests continue in Buffalo and around the world. A key issue in all of these conversations is the rules for becoming an officer and how an officer might lose that badge for bad behavior.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

A new semester has begun at Syracuse University, and Chancellor Kent Syverud’s annual winter message Monday focused on the drama of last semester, when a series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents fueled fear and anger that the university wasn’t doing enough to make a diverse student body feel safe.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO Public Media

Syracuse University student protesters walked out of classes Thursday, demanding the resignations of the chancellor, public safety chief and others. Protesters said they do not have confidence in those officials to carry out the changes they said are needed, after racist graffiti, vandalism and other incidents occurred on campus last month.

Payne Horning / WRVO News

Syracuse University is still on edge from a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents on campus in the last month. As students returned this week from Thanksgiving Break, they gathered with faculty and administrators Wednesday for a community peace vigil.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News (file photo)

Benny Callahan didn’t leave her dorm for two straight days this week. The Syracuse University freshman didn’t feel safe, she said, away from home and under siege, it seemed, by day-after-day reports of racism in campus residence and academic halls.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has responded to a list of demands from a student sit-in that has been going on for a week, over racist incidents that have occurred recently on campus. In the past two weeks, SU has been rocked by at least 10 incidents including racist graffiti, yelling racial slurs and hateful emails. 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's Common Council went after President Trump Tuesday, attacking him for his comments about four freshmen women in Congress.

Navigating gender and race through a mentor

Jun 10, 2019
Say Yes Buffalo

Upon completion of Leadership Buffalo, Dr. Genelle Morris completed a short questionnaire about what she could contribute to a mentor-mentee relationship. It was shortly after that Morris received a list of potential mentees as part of an effort to increase women-to-women mentor partnerships. On that list was the name Stephanie Peete, who was very specific about her requirements for a mentor.

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The regional president of the New York State Amateur Hockey Association has resigned and apologized to the family of an Amherst teen hockey player who was subjected to racist taunts in a game in January.

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Weeks after Jussie Smollett reported being assaulted in a potential hate crime, the Empire actor has been released on bail after police questioned him for allegedly orchestrating the attack. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett faked the incident, paying two brothers about $3,500 to join a "publicity stunt" staged by Smollett because he "was dissatisfied with his salary."

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

In his lifetime, journalist and author Roland Martin says African Americans have made a lot of progress, but there remains a long way to go. Martin spoke at Canisius College Tuesday at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Afro-American society.

In 1967, over 100 cities, large and small, exploded in fire and violence, the result of decades of discrimination against black populations in places like Cleveland, Nashville, Boston and Newark. The biggest riot at the time was in Detroit. After five days of rioting, 33 blacks and 10 whites were dead and property damage totaled more than $100 million.

Congressman Tom Reed

Congressman Tom Reed says there is bipartisan agreement in Congress on improving the nation's infrastructure.

The province of Ontario is embarking on an anti-racism strategy. It will begin with an economic study to quantify the cost of racism.


Efforts to combat systemic injustice will take center stage tonight as people gather in the auditorium of a Buffalo high school to hear from a national scholar.

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.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

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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