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Listen to The Table

Marc Cheatham aka The Cheats Movement posted the first episode of The Table, a new podcast sharing “discussions …. with the Richmond community as we move towards November’s election for Mayor, City Council, and School Board”:

Earlier this week, I pulled together 7 community leaders to have an honest conversation about the state of our community and what we are looking for in our next leader. I hope you will listen and SHARE THIS POST with anyone interested in the future of our community, city and region. #WESEEIT

Community leaders: Damon Jiggetts (Peter Paul), Amy Wentz (Black RVA), Mimi Bowen (Ladies Who Lead), Arthur Burton (Kinfolks), Adrienne Cole Johnson (Peter Paul), J.J. Minor (Community Activist), Brother James (Community Activist/Children Advocate) Host Cheats – Video Jourdan – Photos – Risa – Location – Peter Paul Development Center

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Photos by Risa Gomez
Photos by Risa Gomez

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8 comments

Jolinda 04/22/2016 at 11:37 AM

This is so great. “segregated diversity” is an accurate characterization of how the city is set up. Totally agree. We have to get more people to have seats at the table.

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jean mcdaniel 04/22/2016 at 2:41 PM

Can you imagine the hell raised if some group calling them selves white RVA showed up at the table wanting to discuss whatever?

It is just like the late night commercial for a certain movie channel that states , ” television our way “.

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Joe 04/22/2016 at 3:31 PM

There were a lot of great points in this. I hope they continue with more of the same discussions. Elected officials (and potential ones) need to know how the community feels.

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John M 04/22/2016 at 4:24 PM

@Jean –

Not to speak for Black RVA, but to your false equivalence: Hell would indeed be raised because “White RVA” would very likely be something very different.

When historically disenfranchised minority groups band together for strength, the intention does not echo that of dominant majority groups banding together to preserve an unequal status quo. Centuries of individual and systematic racism and all that, you know what I’m saying?

More concretely, your hypothetical “White RVA” would have to thread a perhaps impossibly tiny needle to not be an inherently racist organization.

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jean mcdaniel 04/22/2016 at 6:32 PM

John, I do know what you are saying. I just think we as a community would be better off if such black / white labels could be eliminated.

If you are hungry, cold, afraid, abused and put in impossible environments, it does not matter what color you are . Black skin and white skin gets equally as hungry, cold and afraid and constantly making racial divisions waters down these very important issues for all of us.

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