Baton Rouge talks race


POSTED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:18pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:10am

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC 33) - Race is the topic of a forum at the First Methodist Church in downtown Baton Rouge this evening.

The keynote speaker at the “There’s no such thing at race” event was author David Livingstone Smith. He argues that the idea of race is neither real nor objective.

There were other prominent speakers at the event. They included Reverend Raymond Jetson and youth leader Zack Kopplin. They were joined by community activist Elizabeth Kent and moderator Rabbi Barry Weinstein.

One of the more than 100 people that packed into the church for the discussion was lawyer Alfreda Tillman Bester. She believes the issue of race should be confronted, “Too often we ignore the realities of it and I think a lot of times, it’s because we truly don’t understand each other.”

The forum was part of the “Race and Gravy” series put on by the Leadership Greater Baton Rouge. The series allows for people of different backgrounds to eat a meal together in each other’s homes.

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