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"Most people when they think of race problems, they think the only way to deal with it to be polite and civil and not talk about it," Black said. "The only way to move forward is to address the challenge. Consider how many personal relationships people have with people unlike themselves."
He also referenced the problems in Ferguson, Mo., saying that situations involving black on black crimes often result in a criminal justice system that is "usually swift." But when the crimes are white on black ala, the Trayvon Martin case "seldom is anyone punished with jail time."
Black said that problems of misconceptions hurt improving relationships, such as perceptions that welfare is more of a "black problem" than one affecting whites.
Robert Allen Turner during a community conversation on race relations on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.
blunt assessments on race relations kicks off Mobile United's series of community conversations
The approximately two hour conversation was sparked by two presenters: The Rev. Robert Allen Turner, the assistant program director at the Dave Matthews Center for Civic Life in Montgomery and Stephen Black, founder of the University of Alabama's Center for Ethics Social Responsibility and Impact Alabama.
Black emphasized that in order to improve relationships between the white and black communities, that individuals have to be willing to have productive relationships with people "that are unlike ourselves."
Stephen Black, founder of the University of Alabama's Center for Ethics Social Responsibility.
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said before a large crowd that filed into Adidas Neo Womens White the Alabama School of Math and Sciences in midtown Mobile. "But Mobile is only a problem of this state. Yes, even this country. He was critical over ignoring the issue that evolved into slavery, segregation and the race relation problems that exist today that include, among other things, institutionalized racism.
Turner also said that while race relations have gotten better, he questioned what Mobilians had to compare with: The city was the home to the last slave ship to arrive to America and is where the last recorded lynching occurred in 1981.
"I think people's misperceptions to race and poverty plays a powerful role," he said. "The majority of people in poverty in Alabama are white. It's a class problem. It's a lack of job opportunities. We all face that together. To think it's a racialized problem hurts everyone."
The Rev. Robert Allen Turner greets people following the community conversation on race relations on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the Alabama School of Math and Sciences in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Alabama A community conversation on race Monday evolved into a spirited and sometime blunt, analysis of present and past race relations in America, Alabama and Mobile.
"Yes Mobile, Alabama, has a problem as it relates to race," Turner Adidas Originals Shoes For Girls
He contrasted George Hall's success with the struggles in the Birmingham area at schools, such as Hoover, where the elimination of busing became a hot issue last year.
have a conversation about race relations. Of those responding, 80 percent believe race relations needs improving in Mobile.
Their presentations came after Mobile United, the host of the community conversation, reported that out of 600 responses from an online survey that 70 percent believe Mobile needs to Adidas Neo Court Leather Ladies Trainers
Mobile, such as George Hall Elementary, as important cornerstones toward improved perceptions that minority students can excel without charity.
"Some people will think the same thing, why can't we get beyond our past?" Black said after Turner's speech. "It's an important starting point for the conversation."
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