Urban Affairs Editor/Columnist
I write a weekly column, most often about socioeconomic and political issues affecting people of color and the disadvantaged in Western New York.
Given the political clout unions can wield, the smart money makes the public interest a decided underdog, Rod Watson says.
You have to wonder if a “Blue Lives Matter” banner would have brought the same reaction, regardless of its size, Watson says.
“No More of This” march down Jefferson Avenue on Saturday afternoon aims to bring message of peace among Blacks to the streets.
Eric Martin's experience "is the type of nightmare that every Black person dreads, especially in the suburbs," writes Rod Watson.
The federal law ostensibly protecting children is written – and often interpreted – so narrowly that it can provide little or no relief to them, Rod Watson says.
Brenda McDuffie, who recently stepped down as president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, spent the last two-plus decades "preparing Blacks and others to participate in and contribute to the Western New York economy, while also being a politely direct voice in pointing out social and economic inequity."
A Grand Island vet’s diabetes medicine gets stalled in the mail, as does a Tonawanda man’s blood thinner and credit card payment from Niagara Falls.
"How could part of the community be so wired into the process, attending meetings and filling out surveys, while others right in the affected neighborhood were left out?" Rod Watson asks.
Tesla has a progressive reputation when it comes to technology, but allegations from ex-employees make the Buffalo plant sound like something from the 1950s, writes Rod Watson.