Conversation about race must be backed up with action, says Rutgers Law co-dean

Protesters at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia called for an end to police in schools, as well as slashing police funding.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The ongoing protests of George Floyd's death have prompted conversations about changing the attitudes and conditions racism. 

Professor Kimberly Mutcherson, in 2019, was the first black woman and LGBTQ person to be named co-dean at Rutgers School of Law. She knows firsthand what  it looks like to break barriers. 

She says she's encouraged by the conversation she sees much of the world having about race relations, policing and brutality. However, she says that conversation is only a starting point.

“So, it’s not enough to say 'I’m not racist' if you sit there when somebody tells a racist joke and you don’t confront them on it," she said.

Another action, she says, is making sure everyone has a voice.

"The incredibly rampant voter suppression we're seeing has to stop," she said.

And it helps to be open to ideas about racism that may feel new, she says.

“We’re in a really great time where, if they want to learn, if they want to hear what it means to be anti-racist, if they want to learn more about Black Lives Matter, Google is your friend."