WXXI Local Stories
Fri January 27, 2012
YWCA Invites Community to Take a Stand Against Racism
The YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County is taking a Stand Against Racism.
This local and nationwide initiative is designed to build awareness in the community through civic engagement.
"It doesn't take much to participate in the stand against racism. All it takes is a desire to make a difference," says YWCA President and CEO Jean Carroll.
She says this is the second year her organization is participating in this effort. Last year, more than 100 local businesses and groups participated, making Rochester the second-highest number of participating sites in the nation.
Carroll says racism trickles down to every aspect of our community, including poverty. According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, within the region, poverty rates were highest in the City of Rochester. 29% of Caucasian children live in poverty compared to 46% of African American children and 51% of Hispanic children.
Carroll says although the subject of racism is a touchy one, it's a conversation worth having.
"It's not an easy thing especially when the person you are talking to is a person of a different color. Let's take that first step in doing the thing we cannot do together to create a stronger community."
This year's Stand Against Racism event will be held on April 27th.