By CLTure News
June 3, 2020
The world has been turned upside down with the vicious killing of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, igniting protests and unrest in cities across the world. As this atrocious cycle seems all too familiar, the attention often tends to shift outside of the core problem: systemic racism. As the media becomes inundated with protest coverage and kumbaya moments, we often forget to listen to the perspective of those in most danger: Black men.
In early April, the Harvey B. Gantt Center launched a virtual series titled, Unmasked, an online panel highlighting the disparity within the Black community that has been heightened during the pandemic. As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough to deal with, the recent killing of George Floyd has yet again revealed a seemingly never-ending race relations problem in our country.
Hosted by founder of Q City Metro Glenn Burkins, the virtual panel will feature former South Carolina State Representative, CNN political commentator, and author (My Vanishing Country) Bakari Sellers, U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams, Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, and photographer/activist Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.
Unmasked: We Can’t Breathe will cover the state of chaos within the justice system and how Black people, particularly Black men continue to bear the burden of oppression. The conversation will conclude with multi-level actionable items. The virtual panel is free to watch and open to the public, and you can also contribute your voice with a YouTube account and Gmail email address prior to the discussion.