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December 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Seattle mayor to appear on Wednesday’s “CBS Evening News”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is due to appear Wednesday on the national TV program “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley to discuss race relations in America.

Pelley taped a segment Tuesday with Murray and the mayors of Miami-Dade, Fla., Gary, Ind. and East Orange, N.J., says Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The segment will air Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Kelly says Murray was invited to take part in the segment “because his post-Ferguson remarks have attracted attention around the country.”

In conjunction with the segment, CBS News released results Wednesday from a new nationwide poll on race relations.

The poll says 45 percent of people think American race relations are generally good, while 43 percent think relations are generally bad.

More black Americans (54 percent) than white Americans (42 percent) think relations are generally bad, according to the poll.

In a speech Nov. 24, after a grand jury opted not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., Murray said, “My message to young people in Seattle tonight, and particularly to African-American young people is, while we do not have the answers, we in this city are listening to you. We in this city love you.”

In response to a question from a reporter after the speech, Murray referred to the Ferguson incident as “murder.” The next day he said his use of the word was a mistake.

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