"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Recent events in our country have forced us to have conversations about race relations.
Biases and misconceptions can lead to tension and even violence between the races.
And sometimes, we don’t even know we have these biases.
Race Matters for Juvenile Justice, or RMJJ, recently provided our Board with some facts on the subject.
African-Americans are more likely to be stopped and searched for traffic violations, less likely to have contraband, but twice as likely to be arrested.
The school suspension rate for black students is much higher than for white students.
And job candidates with “white sounding” names are more likely to be hired than those with “black sounding” names.
We’re not going to resolve our race relation issues, developed over centuries, in a matter of weeks or even years.
It will take steady effort and willing hearts.
To that end, RMJJ is creating a foundation of acceptance, love, understanding and unity.
Their mission is to aid the Courts’ efforts to reduce bias and disparity in legal proceedings and outcomes.
RMJJ offers classes, provides speakers, and recruits partners who share the vision of a community that doesn’t judge based on race or ethnicity.
At WBTV, we are committed to Community Conversations.
And we have a real jewel in the Queen City with RMJJ.