Ninety-nine percent of the time, NIOT’s Continuing Conversations on Race are considered confidential. For the special session called to discuss the Ferguson situation, everyone present voted to welcome a reporter, Linda Arntzenius, who wrote a wonderful account of the evening:
People are talking in Ferguson. They are talking in Chicago. And they are talking in Princeton. After the August 24 rally protesting the fatal shooting by a white police officer of the unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the organization Not in Our Town (NIOT) offered concerned locals a chance to continue to speak about racism last Thursday at the Princeton Public Library.
NIOT’s Linda Oppenheim, an industrial relations librarian at Princeton University’s Firestone Library, welcomed about 25 participants to the library… A poster showed an enlarged version of the recent cartoon by Ben Sargent, titled “Still Two Americas,” depicting two identical situations of young boys going outside to play, each saying: “I’m goin’ out, Mom!” One kid is white. the other is black. In the case of the white kid, Mom replies: “Put on your jacket.” In the case of the black kid, Mom says: “Put on your jacket, keep your hands in sight at all times, don’t make any sudden moves, keep your mouth shut around police, don’t run, don’t wear a hoodie, don’t give them an excuse to hurt you, don’t …”
Click here for the full text of the Town Topics article.
If you were at the rally on Saturday, here is the Times of Trenton article and an array of photos. The photos are available for purchase.
Whether or not you were able to attend, here is an opportunity to continue the conversation. NIOT and the Princeton Public Library cosponsor a special Continuing Conversation on Race on Thursday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m. All are invited to discuss this issue in a safe and confidential session.
Elizabeth Broadbent gives vivid examples of what she will NOT be facing, because her sons are white. On Recognizing My White Privilege as a Parent
The Princeton community will host a parade and rally on Saturday, August 23, 2 to 4 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com if you expect to attend the rally.
To follow up on the parade and rally, Not in Our Town (NIOT) Princeton, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, will host a special session of Continuing Conversations on Race on Thursday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
All are invited to participate in a safe, unjudgmental, confidential discussion.
RESPONDING TO THE TURMOIL IN FERGUSON, the United Methodist Church’s Greater New Jersey Conference will hold a “Just in Time” conversation about race on Saturday, August 30, 9 to 3:30 p.m. at Turning Point United Methodist Church, 15 South Broad Street, Trenton. Free but registration required, call Dr. Vanessa Wilson, 609-388-8852