Are you white? Feel like your circle of friends just doesn't have enough diversity? A normal human being might just, you know, make some new friends. However, it's 2017, and we are running awfully low on normal human beings. So, Cheryle Moses has created a networking event taking place near Atlanta this week called Come Meet a Black Person. Seriously.
Here's how they describe the event on Facebook:
Because with the divisive and racist atmosphere of this country, we want to do something to positively challenge the negativity.
As a member of the Urban Mediamakers, you receive a $5 discount on anniversary tickets.
The idea of "Come Meet A Black Person" Networking Event came about when we recently found out that 75% of white people in the United States do not have non-white friends. According to the New York Magazine, white people continue to deploy the phrase “I have a ton of black friends!” to justify casual racism, but it’s not actually true for three quarters of white Americans.
But, the Urban Mediamakers, and many others, want to change that statistic!
With your help -- diverse actors, filmmakers, writers, movie lovers, our members and supporters -- we are inviting non-black people to put aside any pre-conceived notions about the black community and bring an open mind to our "Come Meet A Black Person" Networking Event.
All that for only $15!
The event will feature normal things like food and drinks, but also a "cultural scavenger hunt" to help people learn about the black community. According to CNN, it will also feature black people "greeting whites and engaging them in conversation." I honestly can't tell for whom this would be more uncomfortable: the white people being treated like they've never met a black person before, or the black people being treated like they're somehow different and a special event is required to meet them. Just get out and make some friends, people. This isn't necessary, and one wonders what kind of actual bonds are going to be forged in such a bizarre and artificial environment.
CNN reports that Moses created the event as a response to a 2013 Public Religion Research Institute study showing that most white people have a 91 percent white circle of friends and 75 percent of white people don't have any black friends at all. What Moses left out is that, as CNN also points out, 65 percent of black people don't have any white friends and the average black American has an 83 percent black circle of friends. So, it seems like this could have been marketed as a "let's all make our circle of friends more diverse!" event. Still weird and forced, but more accurate. "In the black community we know of white people who don't have a lot of black friends," Moses told CNN. "But still, seeing a statistic about it just opened our eyes."
We're going to file this one under "good intentions." And you know where the road paved with those leads.