“Black crime.” A white woman with braids. KC activists want us to talk about race

The event that Cheryl Ferguson wants to attend all of Kansas City will not happen until later this month.

But she has already set some strict rules. That’s because I don’t want to be accused of being “Karen” on social media, the unfriendly label of white women who are usually acting against blacks.

Ferguson organizes a public forum where people can talk about race — “everyone is too afraid to talk,” says the flyer.

According to Ferguson, questions are never off limits, nor are they too expensive or inappropriate.

Kansas City activist, It’s time 4 justiceDesigns a safe space to talk about issues that make many people uncomfortable.

Safe space in this case means that participants will not take pictures or appear in the live stream without their consent.

Safe space means that people can ask questions anonymously or with a microphone as needed.

Safe space means that you are not judged by what you say.

“I’m familiar with cancel culture,” Ferguson said. “I’m familiar with Karen Syndrome, and I don’t want this event to make people feel that it’s going to be another of them.

“While the program is in progress, we don’t ask questions that might scare you of saying something racist.”

A flyer for the July 23 event in Kansas City promotes a public debate about race.

A flyer for the July 23 event in Kansas City promotes a public debate about race.

Unpleasant conversation

Ferguson is inspired by Emmanuel Acho, the creator and author of the video series and the best-selling “unpleasant conversation with blacks.” In the video, Acho has a one-on-one “unpleasant conversation” about racial and racism with celebrities and some non-celebrities.

Last year he sat down with a police officer at the Petaluma (California) police station and talked about police financing and police responsibilities in the prominent death of a black man killed by a police officer.The video is Played about 3 million times on YouTube..

Ferguson Kansas City Police Critic And the relationship with the city’s black community has thought a lot about the video after seeing it.

She also heard on a local radio talk show about how white parents talked about interacting with the police and whether black parents should have the same conversations with their children.

Inspired by both, she decided it was time to invite Kansas Sityan to talk about race because of public anxiety caused by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers in May 2020. .. “

Diverse groups of speakers

The forum will be held on July 23, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, at Community Christian Church on Main Street 4601 in Kansas City. Social Justice Group More2.

Ferguson draws speakers from different communities (blacks, Asians, Hispanics) around Kansas City.

“Mainly people can share stories about their experiences of racism in their lives,” she said. “No one has a story behind it.”

She hopes that “the false story of black crime” will be a hot topic, and “we already have an idea of ​​how to answer it,” she said.

She also anticipates questions about cultural appropriation. “Especially in situations where white women braid, which is usually expected only in black culture,” she said.

She is also ready to have that conversation.

“The truth is, I don’t think it’s cultural appropriation at all,” she said. “They choose to strengthen their hair, just like us … It’s not a monolith or a race that only one person can have it.

“To be honest, we are really all one race, it’s humans.”

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