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Community conversation puts spotlight on anti-black racism

A community conversation being held on Tuesday night will address the issue of anti-black racism in Sarnia-Lambton.

Anti-Racism Committee of the Social Services Network of Sarnia-Lambton Co-Chair Andrew Bolter said racism, while often hidden, remains a concern locally.

"There have been a few instances," said Bolter. "The issue with what happened at city hall in Sarnia in regard to the equity diversity training. The way that the trainer was treated was very concerning for the Social Services Network and for others in the community. So, we're hoping this is an opportunity for everyone to learn. Racism is a problem for everyone. We all need to really understand it. I'm a white male, I don't experience racism in this community. It's kind of invisible unless you experience it. We want to learn, and make a more inclusive community where everyone is welcome."

Part of the evening will feature a discussion with pastor and councillor Adam Kilner, who is black.

He'll be chatting with three black women about their experiences and challenges.

Results from a recent survey highlighting racism, discrimination, and oppression in the community will also be highlighted.

Tuesday's event is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Gateway Room located in the St. Clair Corporate Centre 265 Front St N, Sarnia.

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