WNY Conversations About Race

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Making businesses across Western New York more racially inclusive is not an overnight process, but for Northland Workforce Training Center President and CEO Stephen Tucker, “It’s critically important.

"I don’t think we will be able to reach the full potential of our nation unless we have a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. That’s the only way we can all really live up to the American Dream," Tucker says.

Try-It Distributing President and CEO Paul Vukelic believes change must come from the top down.

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Despite religion being a tool which brings people together, Sunday mornings remain one of the most segregated periods of time in the United States.

Rev. Kinzer Pointer of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church says it's part of what creates unneeded tension among different communities.

Daniel Robertson and Jeremy Besch share similar philosophies on educating today’s youth despite coming from vastly different backgrounds.

“I grew up with an absent father,” said Robertson, Program Manager for Say Yes Buffalo’s Boys and Young Men of Color initiative. “I pretty much grew up around individuals that looked like me. I had friends who were in the streets and sold drugs and went to jail. I had friends who I grew up with who are no longer here now because of gun violence.”

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Activism isn’t something Orlando Dickson does for fun, it runs in his family.

It's automatic for Ron Stewart to define white privilege, with any number of concrete, vivid examples of what it means for him and his children.

"White privilege affords whites opportunities on all levels. And those same opportunities would not be afforded to me, " says Stewart, the chairman of the sociology department at SUNY Buffalo State.  

Kevin Heffernan knows white privilege exists and can provide a definition off the top of his head-- but freely admits that for him as a white man, it's much more of an intellectual exercise.