Networking pitch to white people: 'Come meet a black person'

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Cheryle Moses, the founder of the organization behind the event, came up with the idea after seeing a 2013 Public Religion Research Institute poll revealing that white people usually only have other whites as friends.

Likewise, about 65% of black people don't have any white friends, and the average social circle for a black American is about 83% black.

Cheryle Moses, the founder of Urban MediaMakers, is organizing the "Come Meet a Black Person" event to celebrate the organization's 16th anniversary.

"If white folks don't have none of us in their lives, they're the ones missing out", said Cheryle Moses, president and founder of the organization, which hosts an annual film festival in October and also holds a contest for middle school and high school filmmakers. The event is specifically geared towards White people who don't have nonwhite friends.

"It blew me away because as a black person you kind of know most white people don't have black friend, but to actually see a number, that quantifies it", said Moses. "But still, seeing a statistic about it just opened our eyes".

What Moses and Urban MediaMakers hope to accomplish is more than have the cliched "conversation on race", which everyone talks about having, but rarely have.

She didn't mean for the title of the event to be provocative, she said, but instead wants to build relationships of trust and understanding. "And if you have a relationship with somebody, you are inclined to treat them like yourself". Attendees are able to participate in a Get-Acquainted Scavenger Hunt, where they can learn more about the black community, eat and drink together.

People who are angered by the event's theme don't understand what she's trying to do, she said.

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