Racism, Discrimination in NH to be Discussed at Durham Forum
DURHAM — A forum to address issues of racism and discrimination in the Durham area has been scheduled.
The forum is planning to approach the issue of diversity from numerous perspectives.
The dialogue will cover incidents relating to race, disability, and other diversity concepts, including “how white privilege blinds us to issues like this in New Hampshire due to a lack of diversity and the resulting insensitivity.”
This comes after several incidences in the community.
Members of a UNH sorority recently sparked outrage throughout campus after a video showed them singing the "N-word" in a popular Kanye West song.
At Oyster River School District officials brought in police after they said a male student was taunted by another boy with racial comments and "unwanted physical contact" while on a school bus in early September.
But Durham is not the only New Hampshire town to experience recent incidents of discrimination.
The panel in Durham will include Oyster River parents, UNH students, and the Southeast representative of the NAACP. The forum will be moderated by Andrew Smith, New Hampshire Disproportionate Minority Contact director.
The community forum is set to start at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, preceded by a community supper from 5-6:30 p.m. Both will be held in the cafeteria at Oyster River High School.