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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, March 19, 2014:
Many Americans are uncomfortable talking about race or racial differences. It's one of the reasons there's still mistrust between some people from different racial backgrounds. A lack of understanding can contribute to subtle, unconscious, or overt racism.
Those are a few of the reasons a pilot project conducted by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg is so important.
"Let's Talk: A Conversation about Race" is a six-week project that sought to facilitate dialogue "to help participants unpack the ways racism manifests itself at the personal, organizational, and systemic levels and provide tools for taking action to deconstruct racism."
Three of the 26 participants appear on Wednesday's Smart Talk. Joining us are Pat Gadsden, Founder and Director of Life Esteem and a facilitator of the project; Tara Leo Auchey, Creator and Editor of Today's the Day Harrisburg; and Rev. Cedra Washington, Pastor at Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church and a member of the YWCA's Racial Justice Committee.
We'll find out what was learned from the project and what suggestions came out of it to reduce racism.
Pastor Cedra Washington, Pat Gadsden, Tara Leo Auchey
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