Listen to Grapple: How one Pa. community has been dealing with racial tension

Keystone Crossroads recently examined one Pennsylvania community where racial tension has turned violent, even fatal, multiple times over the years.

In the aftermath of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, there’s been discussion about the racial tension that’s existed there for centuries. Keystone Crossroads recently examined one Pennsylvania community where racial tension has turned violent, even fatal, multiple times over the years.

York County, which borders the Mason-Dixon line, is the focus of a two-part podcast that dropped last spring. Initially prompted by a rash of incidents locally and nationally around the time of the 2016 elections, it’s relevant again right now.

One episode delves into the history of hate group activity in the York and the rest of the state, generally, and provides insight on community responses to racial tension from a longtime investigator for the state’s Human Relations Commission.

It’s all more context for the other installment, which takes us to a school where students and administrators are trying to deal with racial tension. We also hear one resident’s recounting of the tumultuous 1960’s leading up to the race riots that left two people dead in the city of York and prompted criminal charges decades later against a popular mayor.

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