Students, professor plant 300 black crosses to get people talking

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Students and a professor at Buffalo State are hoping to get people talking about inequality in a move to place 300 black crosses in a campus quad.

The Buffalo State professor says the faculty at the college wanted to put the black crosses in the ground on campus to keep the conversation about freedom and race going. Bill White said each black cross represents a life of an unarmed black person lost in police custody or in other situations involving police since 2012.

“It’s a process where we need to have conversations, we need to have dialogue about what it means to live in a land that is free, what it means to live in a land that values the lives of all of our citizens,” White said.

In connection with the crosses, the class will hold several events throughout the week, culminating in a panel discussion on Thursday at 12:15 in the Bulger Communications Center East and another discussion on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Butler Library. The crosses will remain planted for one week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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