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Can You Really Improve Race Relations in a Country Divided?

September 12, 2016
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Can You Really Improve Race Relations in a Country Divided?
Churches can play a large part in bringing together members of a community. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
It sounds impossible, but community organizers and other experts say yes. Here are six ways you can help enact change.

A video surfaces, showing the harrowing killing of an African-American at the hands of police. Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets, where demonstrations sometimes turn violent. It’s a narrative becoming all too familiar in early 21st-century America, where recent polls show 69 percent of citizens believe race relations are generally poor; that’s among the highest levels of pessimism on the issue since the Los Angeles riots in 1992. In this environment, improving race relations might seem an impossible task. But the good news is that there are easy, practical steps we can all take to help bridge racial divides in our communities. We asked some of the most knowledgeable experts on the issue to show us how.

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Homepage photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for MoveOn.org Political Action.

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