Dallas non-profit aims to improve race relations

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- Two North Texans who started working together after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri say the case of Breonna Taylor highlights the need for long-term action. Rob Crain, a lawyer and former head of the Dallas Bar Association, and Reverend Richie Butler, senior pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, formed "Project Unity" in 2014.

"We don't talk about race except after bad events, like we're doing right now," Crain says. "That needs to change. It's not a simple thing. We all have fear around discussing race. We all have difficulty understanding where the other person's coming from."

Project Unity has since become "Together We Can." Crain says the non-profit speaks to individuals, churches and corporations about racial divides, giving people a chance to ask questions and for the group to educate them about different backgrounds.

Crain says protests may draw attention, but protests alone will not accomplish a long-term goal to build understanding.

"There is a lot of emotion here. The biggest driving emotion in this country, and has been for hundreds of years, is fear," he says. "We have a moment in time that will move the needle more so than others."

Crain says discussions like those led by his group can help repair race relations and turn focus toward how to achieve long-term change.

"If people of color in this country could have cured our country of racism, it would have been cured a long time ago. They need, especially, our white American sisters and brothers to lead with them," he says. "We have a momentum in that area, more so than we've ever had, so there's reason for optimism."

More information about Together We Can is available HERE.