Charlottesville Area Organizations Receive Racial Equity Training
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Community organizations throughout the greater Charlottesville area are taking part in racial equity training.
On Tuesday, dozens met at City Space to hear from representatives from the Racial Equity Institute based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Volunteers and employees from organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Virginia Humanities, and the City of Charlottesville were some of those in attendance.
The training from the Racial Equity Institute Introduces people to the idea that racism is not random, but rather a structure that has been built in the United States over centuries. Speakers talked about the different kinds of outcomes that black and white people may face in the same situation.
"We don't come away from this with solutions, but we want to be able to ask the right questions, which we haven't asked ourselves so that's the big takeaway we want," said Erica Johnson of the Piedmont Housing Alliance.
Members of the Piedmont Housing Alliance wanted to host this event to do their part in tackling this issue, especially after the events of August 12, 2017. Those with the Piedmont Housing Alliance, along with employees of United Way, took part in private training before opening it up to the public.