Community members joined together in discussion Tuesday evening for a Key Issues Forum on race politics in the contemporary U.S. Panelists included Dr. Lois Brown (Chair of African American Studies at Wesleyan University), William Howe (State Dept. of Education, multicultural education, gender equity and civil rights), Orlando Rodriguez (Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission), and Adrienne W. Cochrane (CEO, Urban League of Greater Hartford). The event was held in conjunction with The Hartford Courant and was moderated by Laurie Perez of FoxCT.
With a packed crowd of all ages and backgrounds in attendance, discussion ranged from education equity, to housing, to jobs and racial stereotypes. At the end of the forum, panelists were posed with instructing the audience of one thing everyone can do to improve issues of race relations and progress our communities forward. Answers included reading texts from a diverse range of authors to having conversations with those of different races and backgrounds. The panelists stressed that moving the U.S. to a post-racial and post-racist society will take daily effort and dedication to address the biases and systemic racism that plague public policies and social institutions. If you missed the program, you can watch it On Demand through the Connecticut Network (see below).
We would like to encourage the continuation of this important conversation! What are steps you will take to address racial inequities? What are some challenges we all might face? How do we overcome these challenges? Let us know!