WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Town Hall Meeting Discusses Needs of Black Community

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

November 14, 2012

The third black community town hall meeting hosted by the Breaking the Chains of Silence Racism campaign addressed what a thriving black community looks like.

"It's unified, working collectively, shared vision, trust, addressing core
issues that we feel affect us as a group of people and collaborting
with other groups who wish to support us," Awareness Campaign Organizer, Michelle Ba'thbates said.

It is clear to other community members that the black community is
prepared grow in these ways.

"there's a very strong african american community that wants to build
business that wants to build community that are lookig at ways ot do
that and looking for individuals within their community to help them
in that building process," said Nancy Carpenter, who has lived in Charlottesville for four years.

According to research done by UVa and the City of Charlottesville, the
feedback says racism is a day to day issue for some people in the community.

"There are still some places where people do not feel comfortable going
and I find that surprising. But that's one the things that brought me
here. I wanted to understand what's going on," Carpenter said.

Ba'thbates says understanding different cultures and one's roots is what
can change the conditions in the community.

"The race terminology, to me, suggests that somebody has to win in the
end, opposed to us looking at individuals as human beings."

After an open-mic session, lots of listening and understanding, the group
continues to develop the best plan for Charlottesville and for the needs
of the black community.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 179419491