ALBANY (WSKG) - A poll on New Yorkers' attitudes on racism and sexual harassment show that many believe society has a way to go to improve things. The Siena College survey finds that 36 percent of women report being the victims of workplace sexual harassment. Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said that when it comes to the issue, there is no upstate-downstate divide or difference in political parties, and three-quarters of New Yorkers think it’s a significant problem. “Those are just staggering numbers,” Greenberg said. The Siena poll finds that nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers think race relations are just fair or poor, a number that’s up from polls conducted earlier in the decade.
It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat, and felt exhausted after the trip to the city that would see him die. But he got up from his bed at the Lorraine Motel and joined hundreds of striking sanitation workers gathered at the Bishop Charles Mason Temple. Public garbage collectors were demanding equal rights and accusing the city of neglect and abuse. It was April 3rd 1968, the night before his assassination, and the third time he had traveled to Memphis to support the strike.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed. The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made. "The lending organizations aren’t making enough loans. And they’re not reaching enough entrepreneurs to actually reflect the population of incredibly diverse communities like the ones here in Rochester. And they’re not reaching enough women entrepreneurs."
I Am Not Your Negro is an up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, with a flood of rich archival material. Experience the film screening in full with your classroom, followed by a Q&A with producer Hebert Peck. Classrooms will be able to ask questions and have them answered in real time through the unique OVEE viewing experience.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) - In the days following violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, lawmakers across the country have been steadily releasing statements staking out their positions on the events that left one woman dead. After changing the tenor of his response three times in the days following the tragedy, President Donald Trump has settled on emphatically condemning violent actions on "both sides." He assigned blame not only to white supremacists (who carried Nazi flags and chanted "Jews will not replace us") and white nationalists (whose stated mission was to protest the removal of Confederate monuments) but also to those who opposed them. Trump's comments have created a firestorm of controversy, and the statements released by elected representatives have run the gamut from criticizing the president outright, to muted responses. Some are offering unequivocal condemnation of white supremacy, and only white supremacy. But others, in line with Trump, are criticizing the violence of racist demonstrators and counter-protesters equally, or denouncing violence and hate in a general way.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) - After a painstaking exhumation in Cumberland County, the remains of two Native American boys who died in the 1880s have been returned to their next-of kin in Wyoming. But all did not go as planned. Remains of a third boy were also supposed to make the journey back west, but couldn't be uncovered due to a mismarked grave. Little Chief, Horse, and Little Plume arrived together at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School aged fourteen, eleven, and nine. They were part of a nationwide program to forcibly assimilate Native American children.