West Palm Beach Hosts Impactful Workshops on the Effects of Racism in America
Powerful two-day workshop discussed the organizational definition of Racism and how to address issues in our community.
West Palm Beach, FL (March 29, 2019)-The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Village Initiative (MVI) in collaboration with the Racial Equity Institute, LLC (REI) hosted a two-day workshop to discuss a variety of tactics that can tackle racism and racial inequity in America. The event took place on Monday, March. 26 and Tuesday, March. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It was held at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center at Gaines Park located at 1505 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach.
Across the country racial inequities exist across various areas including housing, the criminal justice system, education, jobs, health-care and more. These inequities are frequently used as an explanation for why some succeed in these areas and others do not. The goal of the event was to move the focus from individual bias and bigotry to a more analytical and well rounded view of how institutions and systems are contributing to racial inequity in America. “The Racial Equity Workshop is important to our community because we need to learn about the institutional and structural racism that harms African-Americans. In order for us to live in an equitable community, we must explore what took place in the past and is currently taking place today”, said Kevin Jones Coordinator of Community Initiatives, City of West Palm Beach.
The event was broken down into several interactive discussion sessions and group exercises. The objective was for a diverse group of Palm Beach County residents, professionals, and community leaders to gain a better understanding of racism and work toward ending inequities in their community. Over 40 individuals participated in the event.
“It’s so important that with everything happening in the world today, that we recognize and realize where racism began in this country. REI allows people to explore those roots and look at how they apply in today’s world. It’s exciting to have community members hand in hand with city employees, police officers, and fire fighters coming together and recognizing why this workshop is necessary. I hope that the city of West Palm Beach will continue this partnership as we move forward.” said Barbara Chieves, President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting, Inc.