2000-10-31 Lakehshore Press Panel to discuss experiences with racism at meeting

Panel to discuss experiences with racism at meeting
Lakehshore Press

Racism. It hasn’t faded from view in the Tri-Cities.

Six Grand Haven area residents will talk about their experiences with racism at a community with meeting from 7-9pm Thursday at Grand Haven Outreach Church.

Moderator the panel discussion and subsequent public comment period will be the Rev. Ron James.

More than 300 people turned out for a Sept 28 town meeting on racism in Holland.

Comments from each town meeting will help set the agenda fro a Feb. 13 Summit on Racism at Hope College.

The town meetings give local people a chance to share how they have experienced racism and discrimination, and help plan how to dismantle barriers to racial inclusion in all parks of our community.

Panelists will discuss how racism had affected their experience in the community and say how they could feel more valued and comfortable here.

Many people of color who spoke at the Holland meeting said they have experienced racism in the community. Some who said they have been working to improve race relations for many years expressed frustration with the rate of progress toward unity.

Several others discussed how they feel their lives have been enriched by friendships with people of other races.

The Ottawa Area Summit on Racism will examine business, education, religion, government, health care, community groups and media, then develop strategies to combat racial barriers in each.

Collaborating groups are the Holland-based African-American Support Group, Latin Americans Untied fro Progress and Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony.