You may have heard it before. Earlier this year, the Washington Post shared a study by Robert Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute that revealed that white Americans have far less Black American friends than we may think. In fact, you might be the only one!
One event hopes to bring an end to the "one black friend" vibe, and it's sorta going viral for it's name on Eventbrite: "Come Meet A Black Person" Networking Event.
While we are not too sure about the risqué event name, the reasoning behind it is pretty intriguing.
It turns out the event was created in honor of the Urban Mediamakers 16th anniversary. The goal of the event is to invite "white people who do not have non-white friends to come out to our celebration, and put aside any preconceived notions about different cultures."
According to the event's posting: "The idea of 'Come Meet A Black Person' Networking Event came about when we recently found out that 75% of white people in the United States do not have non-white friends. According to the New York Magazine, white people continue to deploy the phrase 'I have a ton of black friends!' to justify casual racism, but it’s not actually true for three quarters of white Americans."
Interested? The Nov. 16 event boasts being a network event that will include introductions, their Get-Acquainted Scavenger Hunt, Cheryle's Chili Bar, munchies, drinks and giveaways.
It's also worth noting that the tickets, which will run you $10-$15, are all for a good cause, as the proceeds benefit the Young Urban Mediamakers (YUMs) program for youth ages 12-19.
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