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Black, Arab community members connect in first TAKE ON HATE national conversation

Posted on January 07, 2015

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In light of the recent, media-centered, police killings of African Americans, the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, hosted its first national conversation on Black and Arab solidarity on Dec. 18, 2014. People across the nation came together, in person and on social media, to take part in a discussion, themed “REAL TALK: Where is the Solidarity? From Ferguson to Your Town.”

Hundreds of community members and field experts gathered in Dearborn, Michigan and Brooklyn, New York for a courageous conversation on racism within different communities of color. Topics varied from institutionalized racism and racial slurs, to identifying with humanity and white privilege.

The conversation continued on Twitter with the hashtags #whereisthesolidarity and #takeonhate. See a compilation below of highlights from the dialogue and participants’ thoughts on the topic.

The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE strives to address issues of bias and discrimination, particularly toward Arab and Muslim Americans, and stands against bigotry towards all people. For more information, visit: www.takeonhate.org