New Path Puts On Second Forum
If you missed the Race and Media Forum hosted by New Path and the Memphis Urban League you missed a lively and informative exchange. This was their second forum and what I thought would be impossible even better than their first.
Even though some audience members had to stand outside the meeting hall due to an overflow of attendees the panelists did not disappoint. At times cordiality was thrown out when panelists openly and passionately disagreed on the power, scope and mission of the media when it comes to dealing with race. Bruce VanWyngarden, Memphis Flyer Editor was quick to point out his disagreement with those who see race in everything. While Chris Peck, Editor, Commercial Appeal felt much of what we see as racial discord is in truth more of a social class issue between the haves and have nots. Karanja Ajanaku, Executive Editor, Tri-State Defender stated his opinion on the enormous power the press has in shaping or distorting public views on race.
The audience members were allowed to ask questions and some came with clear opinions. Many of the comments seemed to express the concern that Memphians like to talk about racial disconnect but they show little interest in doing anything to change the situation.
New Path has hit a cord with these forums and with several more coming soon Memphians truly have a reason to get out.