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Has the racial-climate changed in the country? Locals react to recent incidents

3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT 3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT
3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT 3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT
3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT 3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT
3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT 3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents. Source: WLBT
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Two major corporations were in the spotlight Tuesday as each dealt with its own race-related issue.

ABC canceled the reboot of Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet directed toward another woman.

READ MORE: ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following star's racist tweet

Also, on Tuesday, Starbucks closed 8,000 stores its employees underwent anti-bias training.

RELATED: Several metro Starbucks to close early for racial bias training

3 On Your Side hit the streets to find out what some people thought about the way corporations are handling race-related incidents.

“The whole thing with Starbucks, there are so many things that have happened,” said Elna Otter. “To some extent, I’m pleased that people are paying attention because that kind of thing has been going on way too long, just way too long.”

Jim McPherson said the issues are more complex than most people think.

“I think it’s primarily, extremely important and valuable that people are now paying attention and should have been and hopefully will continue,” McPherson said.

“This stuff with Starbucks I find upsetting, the police thing I find even more upsetting obviously, but I would like to see it all go away and certainly I don’t know how to make that happen without a lot of attention to it,” Otter said.

Dena Simmons said anti-bias and other training is a good thing but it needs to continue beyond just one day.

“I wish they had been more proactive,” Simmons said. “As a black American, nothing is new to us. We were talking about it on our way down the hill, of us growing up in Chicago with the police and they’ve always rolled down on us. I think people were trying to push a lot of things under the rug. I used to teach a cultural diversity class and I would have students that would say we shouldn’t talk about it but no, we have to talk about it. The history is painful, racism hasn’t gone any place, it’s institutionalized but I just think we need to be more proactive, and we need to continue to do things from now on. It’s going to be a while before things change, before our youth changes, but you can’t just do a one-time band-aid, you have to do more.”

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