On May 25th, 2020, Memorial Day, George Floyd died in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park neighborhood. Officers were called to the scene after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill.
Video of Floyd’s encounter with Minneapolis Police and Officer Derek Chauvin went viral. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. Floyd was motionless, didn’t have a pulse, and died at the scene.
It was the spark that lit a fire across all of the country.
The death of Floyd lead to widespread protests, both in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also across the country. For people of color, it was just one more example of something that has long haunted them. Systemic racism, violence at the hands of police, and a black man dying unnecessarily.
For many, including here at News Talk 830 WCCO, it became clear that something had to change. We find ourselves at a crossroads. Clearly change is needed when a group of people in this country feel persecuted, and feel like their voice isn’t being heard.
Over the summer, on her new Saturday afternoon show, WCCO’s Sheletta Brundidge talked to Dr. Verna Price. Dr. Price, an African-American author and speaker, was holding a virtual seminar on how white people can talk about racism.
The conversation kicked off a series of talks with WCCO Radio managers that developed into a new series that debuts on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm.
“In the Room Where it Happened: Conversation on Racism that Matters to All of Us”, will allow Dr. Price, WCCO hosts, and a series of guests from both the urban areas of the Twin Cities, and people from outside the metro who have much less interaction with people of color. The goal is to have a conversation on the reality of racism, what racism actually is, and how we can talk about it as a community.
Dr. Price tells WCCO, “Together we are creating the change we wish to see in our community - a place where racism is actively being eradicated at all levels beginning with everyday people.”
For some, these might be uncomfortable conversations. For us, it’s a chance to listen, learn, and hopefully come to a place where we can all be, and do better. As Dr. Price says, there is only one race: the human race.
October 29, 2020 - 6:30 – 8:00p.m.
What is Racism and WHY do we need to talk about it?
November 12, 2020 6:30 – 8:00p.m.
How to talk about Racism
December 3, 2020 6:30-8:00p.m.
Racism in the Media and what is the role of the media in perpetuating racism?
December 10, 2020 6:30-8:00p.m.
Racism in Education
Racism in business and corporations
Racism in Non-Profit Funding
Racism, Police Brutality and the Courts
Racism in Sports and Entertainment
Racism in Mass Incarceration
Racism in Your Community