A poll released by Monmouth University earlier this month found most Americans believe racial discrimination is a ‘big problem’ in the United States.
In addition, the study noted one-third of voters said race relations will be a ‘major factor in their vote for president this year.’ About half of respondents said race will not be a factor at all.
On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look with Rose Scott,” Natosha Reid Rice, founder of Fresh Rain for Life Ministries and the Minister for Public Life at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, shared her perspective on talking about race and the steps needed for racial reconciliation in the United States.
“The conversation on race, I think, calls up a lot of truth that folks are not willing to deal with or confront,” said Reid Rice.
But despite the discomfort that surrounds conversations about race and racism, Reid Rice believes the time to act is now. “I believe we are in the moment where we are seeing the shifting of the will in boardrooms, in organizations, in policy-making,” she added.
Reid Rice called on people of all races to push for change to dismantle racism.
“If you are not consciously and intentionally countering white dominance and racism in this country on a daily basis, you are merely benefiting from it and becoming complacent in it,” she told Rose Scott.
To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.