YouTube video sparks conversation about racism in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A video posted on YouTube is sparking conversation and putting the spotlight on race relations in Western New York.

The video was posted by YouTube user "IAMOYAB" who claims it was recorded in the parking lot of a store in Cheektowaga on Friday, May 30th.

The video shows a woman and her young children being recorded by a person inside a vehicle. The woman yells at the person in the vehicle and at several points uses the "n-word."

The YouTube video does not show what lead to the altercation.

2 On Your Side's Melissa Holmes spoke to the woman, Janelle, who asked us not use her last name. She says confrontation began after the man in the car almost hit her son.

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The video is now receiving worldwide attention.

2 On Your Side will cover the story behind the video, but we plan on spending more time today covering the issue of race relations in Western New York. We are calling our coverage "Time 2 Talk." In addition to highlighting the issue of segregation and race relations in our area, we encourage you to join the conversation. Send us a tweet using the hashtag "#Time2Talk" or leave a comment on this page.


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