Moorestown community group hosts book discussion to talk about race relations

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio)  A Burlington County community, no stranger to hate speech, tackles the subject of race relations in an online public discussion.

"We very much believe in having difficult conversations but in a way that it brings people together,” said MooreUnity Cofounder Meredith Butts.

She hopes the community will take part in a discussion on race relations with a Zoom reading of New York Times best-selling book "White Fragility: Why it's so hard for White People to talk about Racism." 

The 2018 book is designed to be a conversation starter, said Butts, and while it may be uncomfortable to take on, it’s needed now more than ever.

"George Floyd, as well as the countless others who came before, now is an opportunity where people have a heightened awareness and are engaged that we can take that opportunity and advance the discussion,” she said.

MooreUnity was formed in 2017 after hate speech messages appeared on lawns of residents in Moorestown and Cinnaminson from unknown sources.

The group has expanded from about five core members to more than 400 members. 

"If we can advance the conversation, raise additional awareness and spread it, it's an exponential effect,” she added. 

The event takes place June 22 at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Edited to clarify that the hate speech came from unknown sources.