It may appear to be a “Saturday Nights Live” skit, however the “Come Meet a good Black Person” event — set for Thursday in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta — is a genuine try to bridge the racial divide.
It is the brainchild of Cheryle Moses, the founder of Urban MediaMakers , several independent black filmmakers and content material creators. Moses dreamed up the networking function as a response of sorts to a 2013 analysis from the Public Religion Analysis Institute that showed about 75% of white persons in America haven’t any nonwhite friends. The study as well found that for some whites, their circle of good friends is approximately 91% white.
Likewise, about 65% of black persons haven’t any white good friends, and the average social circle for a black American is approximately 83% black.
“In the black community we know of white persons who don’t have a lot of black good friends,” Moses told CNN. “But still, viewing a statistic about any of it just opened up our eyes.”
The event specifically asks that white persons who haven’t any nonwhite friends to wait.
What Moses and Urban MediaMakers desire to accomplish is a lot more than have the cliched “conversation on competition,” which everyone discusses having, but rarely have. She desires people to hook up on a more personal level.
“It’s a great chance to start human relationships,” she said. “And if you have a romantic relationship with somebody, you tend to handle them like yourself. If you don’t have that relationship, then you’ll simply treat them based upon what you may have observed or read somewhere.”
ID badges, meals and race
Thursday’s event could have all the trappings of the networking mixer: ID badges, food and drinks, giveaways. Nonetheless it will also feature a “cultural” scavenger hunt that will help attendees learn about the black community, together with Moses and others from Urban MediaMakers greeting whites and engaging them in conversation.
“We can tell when somebody is uncomfortable,” Moses said, so they’ll go around and break the ice and introduce persons to each other.
The reaction to the function has generally been positive, although Moses did say some persons were initially astonished by the event’s name.
One female told Moses the subject pretty much stopped her in her tracks, but the woman “totally got it” when she read why these were holding it.
If all goes well with this function, Moses said her group would like to make it a regular feature in 2018.