'Come meet a black person' networking event hopes to facilitate friendships

 

A networking event in Georgia offers an interesting twist: a chance to meet a black person.

It may sound like a "Saturday Night Live" skit, but the "Come Meet a Black Person" event -- set for Thursday in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta -- is a real attempt to bridge the racial divide.

It's the brainchild of Cheryle Moses, the founder of Urban MediaMakers, a group of independent black filmmakers and content creators. Moses dreamed up the networking event as a response of sorts to a 2013 study from the Public Religion Research Institute that showed about 75% of white people in America don't have any nonwhite friends. The study also found that for most whites, their circle of friends is about 91% white. Likewise, about 65% of black people don't have any white friends, and the average social circle for a black American is about 83% black.  

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