"Race Matters in Appalachia" Comes to Charleston

West Virginia Public News Service - A summit on race relations coming Monday and Tuesday to Charleston offers a chance for a deep, civilized look at something that matters, according to its organizers. Read

Issues of bias typically are either ignored or inflamed, unquestioned or tangled in controversy, said the Rev. Ron English of the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance, who is helping put together the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia. English said racism only thrives when it's unconscious - and tends to fade when it's brought into the light.

"If you're not aware of how it starts from the inside and how it is transferred to the outside," he said, "then you've missed a critical part of what we need to be dealing with."

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