Georgia networking event invites whites to 'Come Meet a Black Person'

This image is for use with this specific article only** A networking event in Georgia offers an interesting twist a chance to meet a black person

This image is for use with this specific article only** A networking event in Georgia offers an interesting twist a chance to meet a black person

Urban Media Maker (UMM) plans to help change that through their event, "Come Meet a Black Person", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Come Meet a Black Person will be held at Cornerstone in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Thursday, November 16. Moses dreamed up the networking event as a response of sorts to a 2013 study from the Public Religion Research Institute that showed about 75% of white people in America don't have any nonwhite friends.

According to those figures, 75 per cent of whites in the USA have no nonwhite friends, and even for those that have, their friends circles are 91 per cent white.

Likewise, about 65% of black people don't have any white friends, and the average social circle for a black American is about 83% black. Organized in conjunction with the Urban Mediamakers and other groups, the event urges white people to put aside "pre-conceived notions" about the black community and come out to make friends with black people, the event page reads.

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"Come Meet Black People", to be hosted on Thursday, is meant to help white people meet black people and vice versa, CNN reported Tuesday.

What Moses and Urban MediaMakers hope to accomplish is more than have the cliched "conversation on race", which everyone talks about having, but rarely have.

Moses said that most people have been supportive of her endeavor. "And if you have a relationship with somebody, you are inclined to treat them like yourself".

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'If you don't have that relationship, then you'll only treat them based upon what you may have seen or read somewhere'.

Moses said she wants the event to be a time where people can forge real relationships with each other. It will also include a cultural scavenger hunt aimed at enlightening guests about the Black community.

The reaction to the event has largely been positive, although Moses did say some people were initially taken aback by the event's name.

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