Barbara Lacker-Ware 
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Re: “Yet another report says our poverty rate persists

I agree with everything Mary said. It is well said, and all true. But it doesn't go far enough in laying the blame at the feet of the "we" - the white middle and upper classes for whom systemic racism was designed; this "we" does not want to lose the benefits "we" have gained from white privilege.

It seems that by using the term "we," Mary assumes her readers are all white and middle or upper class, that no poor person of color reads City Newspaper. She dismisses Black and Latino/a people in poverty who are activists as well as others who organize people to address the discriminatory practices and root causes of poverty.

Otherwise, why say:
"We're perfectly willing to address poverty, to help the poor, in ways that make us feel good, as long as poverty stays in its place."
"But we're not about to let poverty come out where we are. We're as content to leave poverty in its place as we were when we put it there."
"None of those studies have caused us to change. And so we have another ACT Rochester report, showing that we're losing the battle against poverty. And there's no sign that's going to change. Because we'd prefer that it didn't."

If she is speaking directly to privileged white people, then say so. That would be more effective than lumping poor people of color into the "we," which is offensive and inaccurate. Why not just name it - call out white people who continue to benefit from racist practices as the audience for the article, which makes it more challenging and might cause people to really take a look at their own complicity in the high rates of poverty for people of color?

It's time to start naming systemic racism for what it is, and how white people continue to be directly involved in is continuation. It is not enough to use veiled vague statements laying the blame with "we."

Barbara Lacker-Ware

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Posted by Barbara Lacker-Ware on 05/12/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Support's growing for reform of police oversight

In response to Richard Hendricks:

The call for a new Police Accountability Board is not in response to the inconvenience of getting pulled over or not being arrested "nicely." The issue is that Black and Brown people are disproportionately targeted and brutalized by police FOR NO REASON and then suffer permanent physical injuries and psychological trauma. Please read the report "The Case for an Independent Police Accountability System: Transforming the Civilian Review Process in Rochester, New York" found at

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Posted by Barbara Lacker-Ware on 05/04/2017 at 3:28 PM

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