The last 24 hours have been truly unprecedented and ineffective.
We regret what our nation has become outwardly, knowing that this is an obvious moment that each of us must understand that Trump, the pandemic, the events of the past year are a reflection of what we have always been as a society.
As we begin to digest these events and try to understand how they affect our daily lives and those of our neighbors, we have decided to take a conscious step back; pause, breathe, and try to make the difference between the events of this year that brought us to this moment.
From the “Black Life” protests that result from the assassinations of George Floyd, Breon Taylor and other black Americans, to the efforts of people like Stacey Abrams to get out of every vote. Contrary to the unprecedented efforts to suppress the vote, it led to sedition and a mob urging our president. Including a reflection on the terrorists who violated our Capitol and the radically different ways of cooperating with our police and political leaders with black and white Americans.
We are not ready to be treated as a nation. A nation that is so divided and rooted in its own individual beliefs has been shaken by the media and social networks. Any sense of unity as a nation today feels very raw and very quick. Instead, we sit in our own uneasiness, anger, resentment, and despair.
Necessary conversations should take place in the coming months and years. We must not turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering that exists in America and realize that it was a mistake to call ourselves and our nation “great”.
It is at this moment of reflection that we address the voices in our society. We sincerely hope that you will pause and take a moment out of your day to listen and reflect.
Caris Belger Reporter, WGRZ – Channel 2, Buffalo
From an early age, Belger was inspired by his parents, who always watched the news with him. While studying at Spelman College, Belger completed an internship and worked in student publications, and from there, he attended Northwestern University, where he was at the forefront of journalism in Washington after the 2016 election.
Belger joined the WGRZ team in October 2018 and is now assisting in the morning show, daytime shift and evening coverage.
When reporters began to cover news around COVID-19, Belger was a pioneer in his newsroom to recommend how the pandemic would affect people of color who have less access to health care.
We need to keep in mind that people of color deal with the disproportionate effects of COVID and racism, so let’s keep that in mind.
Belger also shares his experiences. As a person with sickle cell disease, which mainly affects people of color, she knows what the pre-existing condition is – and how people with the disease are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. She continued to cover the issue as much as possible and talked to the doctors to provide the audience with new information. She wanted to tell her audience about the options available and the doctor’s recommendations. “I wanted people from diverse communities to be as armed as possible with information on the other side of it at any time.”
Rod Watson | column and urban affairs editor, Buffalo News | former president of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists
“Well, of course, I don’t always write about race,” Watson said. “But to the extent that I do, it’s because there’s racial inequality here in West New York and across the country. Failure to do so would be a betrayal of all those people who stood by the fire hoses and the police dogs got sick of them, carried sticks around their heads and even sacrificed their lives to make people like me in positions like this, and this have a platform. Because diversity is not just a check of the box in the form of an EEO; it embodies and evaluates black perspectives and perceptions in America to give the media a more accurate and comprehensive picture of society, and society is full of racial inequality no matter how you look at it – whether it’s the wealth gap, the income gap , poverty, differences in health care, or health gaps, which we recently saw in the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color.
“To the complainants, I have one answer: less time to complain and more time to address these inequalities so that we can raise them as a table. And then, and only then, will I stop writing about race. ”
Since the 1990s, Watson has written about police reform – including the need for a strong civil council. As a commentator, he was able to write freely about these types of issues, without expecting specific incidents of police abuse and the Black Lives Matter movement, to cover such coverage.
In his other role, as assistant city editor, in order to make a positive difference, a Newsweek City Government reporter reviewed the reforms proposed for Buffalo, including a civil review panel and suspended receipts that had worked in other cities. This type of review is something that Watson pays attention to and warns the public about police abuse against people of color so that it remains a central point. Watson, with his coverage, does his utmost to “hurt the comfort and consolation of the afflicted,” and offers a fair guarantee that applies to African-American issues.
“That, for me, means fair coverage,” Watson said. This does not mean equal coverage; this means that the focus needs to be focused on where it is most needed. And in our society, that means shedding light on the disproportionate problems faced by people of color. Police abuse and the effects of Covid-19 are just two examples of this. ”
Twitter: @ rodwatson4
MADISON CARTER | news anchor and reporter, WKBW 7 News ofitit News
Carter, also president of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists (BABJ) and a member of the National Association, has been at WKBW since the summer of 2018, after attending Syracuse University, where he majored in journalism and political science.
He always wanted to “tell stories about black people, without them being‘ black stories ’,” Carter said. “I don’t know if this is possible now. But let me be clear: racism doesn’t affect everyone, but it does affect everyone – my job lately has been to show people. ”
Carter recalls that the only black reporter covered the protests on the night of May 1, and working with another reporter was happy with the action they saw.
I realized at that moment how privileged that person was from the moment I was scared, that my friends might not go home that night, ”Carter said. “… For many others who don’t spend time in communities with people who aren’t like them – they weren’t human. They were just interesting stories that would probably be told later.
“The media landscape has long covered this issue of society with separation. No wonder I had to be the only black woman in my entire building for the first 8 months of work. There are no main anchors, which are black. Most black anchors are given weekend shows. ”
Carter concludes: “We are slowly making changes, and I really appreciate my chapter on BABJ to help our editors in this endeavor. That’s one of my biggest reasons for becoming president. I wanted to be a leader in this movement for change. I am proud of what I have done and I am very pleased with the response of every editorial office – print, television and radio. Everyone is happy, the management does not pretend that we do not have a variety of problems in the media and they are all working with us to change that. ”
ZENETA EVERHART | Director of Diversity and Coverage, NYS Senator Timothy Kennedy’s Office
DAVE GROSSKOPF | President, Buffalo / WNY from the National Association of Letters
The postal service employs more than 97,000 military veterans and is one of the largest veterans employers in the country. So, for today, Veterans Day, we asked Dave Grosskopf, president of the Buffalo / West New York District National Association of Prophets, about the importance of the U.S. Postal Service.
“The amazing story is that every day we deliver 40% of the world’s mail, and I think a lot of people think the postal service is, unfortunately, a normal thing … we’re a trusted federal agent. You know the motto: ‘rain, snow, sleet, nothing prevents us from the appointed periods …’ And sometimes we’re there for ten, twelve, thirteen hours to make sure we get those goods and those products. customers can access – simple and straightforward ”.
YOUNG JASMIN | brand manager and host of “2 to 6 get” at Power 93.7 WBLK:
For Young, the coverage of stories revolves around discrimination, police brutality and inequality, as these issues have been affecting people of color for decades. However, he notes that now a large number of people are interested in these issues.
She believes that fragile and diverse perspectives, especially the perspectives of community members who face such challenges, are helpful when covering culture, race and injustice.
“I certainly feel we are responsible for covering the impact on the Black and Brown communities,” Young said. “Apart from providing evidence, I also try to provide real resources. I interviewed health professionals, testing sites, community organizations, social services, mental health experts, government officials, and others who could provide additional resources and information to help people. ”
Thomas O’Neill-White | reporter and producer, WBFO News
O’Neill-White is a reporter and producer for WBFO News and is a Buffalo transplant recipient from Louisville, California.
Growing up, O’Neill-White was an avid reader and read the Washington Post every morning as a child. Then he started reading hip-hop and sports magazines and his destiny was sealed. She knew she wanted to be a writer and getting a degree in communication from Buffalo State College helped her achieve her ultimate goal.
His focus on the WBFO is racial equality in the areas of criminal justice reform, law enforcement reform, and socioeconomic and racial disparities – the conditions that led to the assassination of George Floyd.
“I’m not sure what’s happening now has affected my stories, on the contrary,” O’Neill-White said. “The stories I was telling prepared me for this moment.”
On the revival of Buffalo, O’Neill-White heard from a community leader: it’s not a revival unless everyone benefits from it. Most capital projects are located in the city center, and money on such a large scale does not reach other parts of the city as a whole.
“I think one thing that the coronavirus has done is actually reveal the inequality of blacks on the East Buffalo side.”
Sean Thompson | Barber, trainer and owner of the House of Masters and HOM Grooming Lounge
ADDRESS V GO | local broadcaster, “Edutainer” and motivator
In this first conversation, we asked ADRI.V, a local broadcaster, “Edutainer,” and the motivator, “How do we move forward?”