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Panel on race relations draws crowd in Wheeling


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Members of the public turn out Thursday for “An Average Everyday Discussion about Race” hosted by the Wheeling YWCA.
(Intelligencer photo by Joselyn King)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — A panel discussing race relations said progress on the issue is “stagnant”in the city, and it needs continuing improvement.

About 50 people turned out Thursday for “An Average Everyday Discussion about Race”hosted by the Wheeling YWCA. The event was moderated by Ron Scott, culture and diversity director for the Wheeling YWCA. He said he selected “everyday schmoes” to be on the panel and provide an everyday look at racial interactions as they experience.

Chad Stradwick, who works at Williams Lea Tag, went so far as to term race relations in the Ohio Valley as “awful.” He said a dynamic exists in the valley that leads blacks to not feel welcome in some establishments.

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