{RACISM AND HATE CRIMES} –One of the most troubling movements of our times involves the resurgence of hate groups and racially motivated acts of violence in the name of white supremacy– Students will see in the following archival video, that…





–One of the most troubling movements of our times involves the resurgence of hate groups and racially motivated acts of violence in the name of white supremacy–

Students will see in the following archival video, that even decades ago, local communities in our region directly confronted those who spewed hatred toward certain ethnic groups and people of color.

It was Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel who once said, “Evil is not all powerful. It is possible to break it. For one human being to stand up, an evil is broken.”

[Entire Section Runs: 37:57 / Individual segment times and summaries listed below]

16. [Iroquois Central School Board Member Censured: November 9, 1992]

Iroquois Central school board member Michael McCormick is censured after refusing to retract anti-Semitic comments attributed to him. School district residents confront McCormick at a school board meeting and express their outrage. One resident describes the comments at “hateful, disgusting…and sick.”

(Runs 1:45 from – WIVB-TV report: November 9, 1992)

16a. [Auburn Rally Against Nazis and KKK: September 1993]

A handful of white supremacists are rebuffed by hundreds of counter protesters in Auburn, New York. Violence erupts on the streets during one confrontation. Police escort the white power advocates from the scene as anti-racism protesters declare victory.

(Runs: 2:35 from – report aired on WIVB-TV September 1993)

16b. [Protesters in Erie, Pennsylvania Confront White Supremacists at a Ku Klux Klan Rally: June 1992]

Neighbors in a rural community in Erie, Pennsylvania claim the Ku Klux Klan was brought into their neighborhood to harass a family whose children are of mixed race.

(Runs: 1:44 from – WIVB-TV report: June 1992)

16c. [Buffalo Unites Against Hate Crimes During the Search for a Serial Killer 1980 – 1981 (four pieces)]

As a massive search is underway for a man believed to be connected to multiple murders of African American males, a cross is set on fire on Buffalo’s East Side.

In response to growing anger and fear, citizens of all colors, religions, and walks of life unite to take a stand against racism. There is a massive rally in Niagara Square under the banner of Unity Day.

The response comes a few months after a neo-Nazi in Buffalo stages a demonstration with one other white supremacist from Canada. Hundreds of counter-demonstrators fill the streets of downtown Buffalo, vowing to fight racism.

The serial killer turns out to be Joseph Christopher of Buffalo, who had tried but failed to receive significant psychiatric help for his condition of paranoid schizophrenia.

(Runs: 5:57 from – WIVB-TV .22 Caliber Killer reports: 1980 — 1981)

[Response to Racist Comments Following the Torching of a South Buffalo Rental Property Owned by an African American Landlord: July 18, 2012]

In the wake an arson fire that destroyed a property owned by an African American landlord, the racist comments by a house painter working in South Buffalo touches off a dialogue about race relations in the city.

The house painter says, “People in these neighborhoods don’t want those type of people moving down here and ruin the property value and destroying the neighborhood. So, when things like that happen, it shouldn’t be such a shock.”

People of good will in South Buffalo’s Old First Ward who react to the report, point to programs designed to increase understanding between the races. In addition, civil rights leaders say a public discussion of racism in the city of Buffalo is “long overdue.”

Students may want to discuss the initial decision to air the racist comments of the house painter, as well as the merits of a follow-up Special Assignment Report. Would it have been better to have ignored one man’s racist views, or did the city benefit from an open discussion on issues of race?

(Runs: 5:19 from – WIVB-TV report: July 18, 2012)

Rich Newberg’s report is followed by his interview of Dr. Henry Taylor, director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Taylor gives a brief historical review of race relations in the city of Buffalo, noting that black and white citizens lived together peacefully before the Great Depression led to the “redlining” of neighborhoods, making it more difficult for African American home buyers to live where they choose.

A brief interview with civil rights leader Rev. Darius Pridgen follows the interview with Dr. Taylor.

(Dr. Henry Taylor Interview Runs: 14:37 / Rev. Darius Pridgen Interview Runs: 3:34 July 18, 2012)

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