Reggie Dial: Improving Strained Race Relations [Interview]
On Monday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Reggie Dial from the organization 100 Black Men of West Texas joined the broadcast to talk about the current state of affairs and race relations in the nation and in Lubbock, the reality of perceptions, and what can be done to lower tensions and improve relationships.
Dial and Hasty discussed at length the origins of strained relationships between races, and what needs to happen to improve the situation and understanding. "We all have to come together and realize that, hey, we have to live in Lubbock together, so we have to figure out a way to make it work. And I think that starts with the conversations we're having now Chad...We have to heal the wounds that we have. We have to open up and have that dialog in order to get past the situation that we're in right now. Because I know we're going to get past it...but we have to figure out a way to do this together," said Dial.
While questioning the origin of movements in many cities to abolish or defund police departments, Dial said,
Truth be told, we need police officers...That's just the reality of it. We need police officers. So we have to figure out a way to make the relationship between the minority community and the police department work.
Visit the 100 Black Men of West Texas website for more information or to get involved with the organization.
Listen to the entire interview with Reggie Dial in the video above.
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