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Chatham County parents and community leaders talk about race relations in schools

PITTSBORO, NC (WNCN) – A day after Chatham County Schools completed an investigation a fictional slave auction At one school, parents, district leaders, and community members discussed race.

“People are suffering in our community. Children are hurt,” said Karinda Roebuck of CORE (Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity), which hosted Tuesday’s event.

After a Chatham County mother reported that her son had witnessed a mock auction of slaves at school, the superintendent apologized and the school district updated its policy.

But community organizers say conversations are vital to healing.

At some point during Tuesday’s event, more than 120 people logged on to the webinar, which focused on speaking to children about racism. Parents, school leaders and teachers received expert advice on how to talk about specific situations and how to teach young children about race and racism.

“Our kids formulate these ideas whether we’re talking about whether we’re ready or not,” Roebuck said.

Experts recommended books and suggested ways to open discussions, such as asking children about their feelings.

“It’s important to give kids a chance to start a conversation with you as a parent,” Roebuck said. “So that we know where they are, where they are going, to guide this process with them.”

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/chatham-county-school-leaders-teachers-talk-with-community-about-race/ Chatham County parents and community leaders talk about race relations in schools

DUSTIN JONES

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