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4-24-14 10:10am Garland: on racial reconciliation

Apr 24, 2014|

Garland talks with Dr. Susan Glisson of the Winter Institute and New Orleans Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse about whether a racial reconciliation is possible in the city of New Orleans.

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Welcome back to big Derek. Twelve noon hour. Another. Government watchdog group says governor -- efforts to limit -- lawsuit against it is -- oil company is. -- war and intended to deep it is and for national is that different in new war. The latest on when. And Lehman and there -- some legislators. That the -- that war against the Jindal bring to the little bit. And says number and we -- the next government and confederate. And they informed me. By government and other cities using accounting for a sensual balanced budget. We'll talk to state treasures and some political -- don't try to get better. -- is all about. Report it's all that. Maryland and drew is so launcher and on the program for retool and eats at conciliation. And have been doing since nineteen so. A -- lot of these but it seldom seen. So many players involved. If you -- that maybe the from mix -- real difference. It's called welcome a bold New Orleans. Governor number of people and institutions. Involved. And I've got a couple of the representative with regard -- reasons and that's exactly right to winter institute. Elect welcomed to the show. I think Iraq and Judy reached -- deputy mayors city of New Orleans Judy welcome bush thank you -- Tell me oh what this is about -- in the would go to the doctor. Thank you so much for the chance to be able to talk about what we epic that he believes is -- terribly important initiative. It is called dwell on cable New Orleans. And it is an effort designed to bring citizens from Park City together. Individuals who are interested in. Learning and listening. In teaching. In being honest. And having honest discussion about the topic rate. They will agree to come together. Meet on a regular basis. Build relationships. And trot out -- they. Double and structured they. And the idea that those relationships will lead to. Project and work being done on the city based on the new relationship. We believe that obviously rate is an issue that every city in the country and it is the only -- -- New Orleans is no different. And it was an opportunity for. You begin to start. Conversation build on existing conversations. I do want to say that obviously there are -- number of individuals and organizations who believe that it. Topic that race and racial reconciliation. Is important. We don't purport to. Be -- -- people to think that it had that idea. He said that your your opening. You've heard about any effort in the tapped by. What we think -- special about this particular effort which tend to be buried. Broad and very inclusive. Is that. Is it brings people together in a way way it is not any finger pointing. But actually. Eight -- that allows for -- it. Discussions and conversations took her relationship to be built. And then individuals finding common ground and looking to challenges and an opportunity to work together to make that they'd better. Are loyal to me Tigger personally breakers from whom come a programmable block of time to talk about that will come by and talk with the doctor Susan glisan executive director of the winter include student of fun read correctly. It's of William winter institute for racial reconciliation. At the University of Mississippi. -- right of the -- You'll consider all -- -- launch a new program might think it's over the next three years to confront. Racism and and and work towards eliminating and as much as we can. We have two guests with a hint of a point in talent we have doctors who templates and executive director winner institute -- ring smarts deputy mayors in New Orleans. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Sixteen. Of these winner institute. A program and shorter and Marbury not wrong in Mississippi. That that's correct and I -- -- -- competencies and Tom we're very honored to he'd get to work with the community stakeholders throughout the state of Mississippi. I'm either really really worked best to develop this process whereby we create. Respectful and civil spaces to talk about the book that she's so much of the way our culture to deal with difficult issue is is is to log entry debate. Through sound -- -- through the 140 characters -- Twitter. Com and end and we just learned that if we want to really get at the heart of difficult issues that we -- as -- community. We need to do that together and basically we can listen to each other and I can understand each other's experiences and perspectives. -- and we find that people rise to their highest hopes and that's kind of settings and then can work together to make things better for the whole. Meaning -- results abuse had in those sixty communities along have been doing. We actually been -- working in Mississippi since 2002. Com and we started with our own community in fact were based. The university now gentlemen and gentlemen -- it's very. Tortured history in and time lines around around race. -- and we -- that we have an obligation. An investigator our own history and so in 2000 entities we. Put together with the university. And bring back an honor those folks who -- supported immigration. And brought back an honor mr. mayor. And and begin an auction process he -- To understand. All of experiences that people went through at at at that time and expertise and because the university. Which is the black university the state. On the public record of leadership role vacated in encouraged. Com and communities to -- to begin to address the issue and we worked in places like Philadelphia Mississippi where three civil rights workers. James Chaney Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered and 64. I'm an attractive multi racial group of citizens came together -- 2004. Through the process that we facilitated. And they issued a call for justice. In that case which led to the first state conviction. In in that case and then gone on to elect the first black mayor please re order the way they spend public money candidates more equitable. And spread across the community. We ought to have begun to be a lot of really wonderful used to work really excited about young people that would support into the -- positive change agents and their communities. -- have worked and that in the delta in in this. The community -- Mississippi. Where -- is different committees murdered Emmett Till. Wintry in 1955 and now that community is creating civil rights museum and educational opportunities and recreational opportunities for. Its citizens and so it is that the actions ALCON. Are determined absolutely by the community leaders themselves because they know their communities best. And we provide technical assistance to created space for people can. Can get to know each other better build trust. And then and then to figure out the best -- to collaborate better battery clip of an equitable. Judy you live -- obscure question. About something good we need to -- done a number of troops here. Were building brand your prison food lots and lots and lots of cells and we got a legislature. Bed in settled following the president and the attorney general's. Lead to -- -- releasing nonviolent drug offenders nationwide in federal prison. Texas is doing the same. Tens of states are doing saying. And in the meantime we or the prison capital knock a -- and sings but Arab world and we crafted primarily. In the young black men. You have to prison corporations. That neat. Young black men to make money at all and their stocks. We've got a system. Border sheriff's department police department. Get. 80% 70%. Of every drug seizures that they can get an auction off. How do you break. What is to me here in Louisiana. A prison. And and why in the industry. Well here's why would they -- to what you just said and it's really back in the war the welcome table and and some of the issues that we hope to. Two attractive that product that obviously. Everyone in this city is very much aware. You know life. Which is our -- reduction strategy. Part. That work really look at. Young men particularly African American men between the ages of sixteen and 24. And it looked at all phases. Enforcement. To prevention intervention. And and and it really. How is the and there activities what they're currently doing well so what is that they can do and and what it is that we can send them in doing. As we look at themselves -- umbrella handle the work that we're doing to reduce the murder -- and obviously it's like thirteen week. A decrease. -- a number of murders and in nearly thirty years. On the first quarter of this year another considerable. Decree and so we continue to work hard to execute that strategy. We also. And number. Situations that. Young African American and find themselves in. Having a lot to do with the idea race and racism. That can be found in many they communities across our city again. Not just in New Orleans but in cities throughout Louisiana and a the country and so. The idea. With the welcome table. He is again. Creating a process and a state where individuals can come together to include. Anyone in the community whether it is. You know what even uptown humans. And in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans -- lake view. In any part of this city creating and an opportunity for individuals to come together and to begin to talk the room. These issues. To be able to express there opinions. To share there experiences. Perhaps personal experiences or are those people that they you know. And to begin to understand. The kind of issues that all of -- -- here in New Orleans. So it would not surprise me if that issue. Is an issue that surfaces. One of the things that -- listen jet -- -- without. Is that the Al. The work of the groups that want our. Dependent upon the group themselves. And this is an important part of what will be the process -- here in New Orleans. The city or -- winter institute where India organizations. That will come on board to support this effort. Will not look to dictate to citizens in New Orleans. An agenda or a particular plan. It really will be up to the people who decide that this is a process. That they want to participate and it will be up to then to decide what -- work is going to be what issues they want to focus on. But it would not surprise me if the one that you just raised is is not an issue that served it in some of the discussions of the groups -- take on. Doctor glitz and do -- partners in this correctly and then and then they kind of Jews Jews. Did these are going to be groups of citizens right. And oh -- The big issue that I just mentioned. If I had the plea Cuba appears he blue -- green. By a policeman and do group. It vital legislators. They were discreet. If I had sheriff's department they would do -- group with. If citizens CO probable. An attempt to solve. A big goal by doing that with the power structures. Absolutely disagree questions. In an every. Community that wicker of Mississippi. That policy makers. Are are also part of their conversations. Doctored among polish Jews I was listening to closely we're gonna take a break -- hold that -- -- right back to -- shortly in Europe. This. -- Bill Gates celebrity -- 53. Maryland gurus starting play and through bring about Annika bring about what he calls read true reconciliation. Take a look at the divisions of rates and then. Attempted none of them in the trees problem we've in the past and today. Doctor Susan glisten with this executive director -- institute -- reached -- deputy mayors in the war. -- Susan and I appreciated that but again -- yeah I've got high school degree. If I've worked as hard spend much money and time if you did you would have to call me doctor. All but -- -- uses. As my brother's told me former Marines they went to the school of hard not because they work just as part of and I did so -- and are Specter. All right a caller you Susan thank you I have your right toward the break -- -- of this group in cold welcome -- -- -- Is going to be comprised of the next three years primarily New Orleans habits and represented them their era if they try something that the power brokers are against. Please share some legislators. Or not going in the same direction in Biden in particular of the drug wars. As many other states are including taxes including. The federal government. Other citizens make any progress as if they have an idea. That the power structure will -- -- me give you a wonderful example that actually just happened yesterday. Some of our team members around facilitated conversations in Biloxi. Mississippi. That grew out exactly that kind of concerned that the Vietnamese Fisher -- Com -- in Mississippi a concert happened the coast of Louisiana. Have just had their livelihoods devastated by the BP oil spill. Com and the agencies that are. Tasked with responding to those concerns -- you know the EPA the local. Department -- -- different organizations. That it doesn't get this Fisher -- have not felt. That they were really pounded the agencies -- hearing their concerns are responding to them in ways that we're going to an equitable. And and we were able. Get them to come to the station yesterday that was respectful and civil. On it was multilingual. We shared the guidelines for conversation in English and Vietnamese. And they spent the day together. Learning about each other's histories in learning each other's perspective. Did you think some of the places on the confident that the devastated by. The oil spill in of course before that by Katrina. And by the end of the day. That agency folks were asking. To to be included in future conversations that they were moving pretty. I had a change of perspective and how they've been responding. So we we see this time again when people can accomplish -- space together that is respectful respectful that is facilitated. It's such a way that that put their guidelines. Shared and understood. And practiced by everyone about Howard and engage in dialogue that movement happened in positive movement happened that I act I believed that can happen. Everywhere. In the country so I'm I'm hopeful that that these these very sensitive issues these very difficult issues that get the most challenging ones. I can work through that process then and come to look at conclusions. So we're going to do is get people sit down face to face and to accurately accurately. Security. I'm pretty that is. But -- -- price. I'm just taking an issue because we have limited time and I'm fascinated by a physical content to one point two million dollar round of three years you're working -- -- -- WK Kellogg Foundation's it's -- funded. Organization whose got experience in Mississippi that shows results. Little sort -- leverage profile. I think in you never know all the good news is you shoot speaking. Then I'm -- or -- released as as you possibly can yet but. Upon walking down a dark French Quarter century. And I see the big bad guy with a white beard. And a leather jacket and it says hell's Angel on the I'm crossing the street. Upon walking down the dark street in -- somebody -- -- big -- in Muslim attire. I'm probably crossing the street. And upon walking down the street -- seat three young black men and and and I'm sure they could be harbored grand entrance -- cross industry. How do you get past me. Well they might use that Garland. Are people. Appreciate your honesty and how would they be union would be a perfect. Of candidate for the welcome table process. You know one minute so that process. I don't know that I'm not you -- that. That. What this process is all -- is it create. It isn't bad. Eight -- and structured and respectful and double -- So that you know and ten. Bring ourselves to that space and we can have. Those exact. Kind of conversation. That actually is a very good example of the kind of conversation and dialogue and honesty. About the issue of race that this. Process -- sport and it is not until people can come together expert to have the honest discussions and conversations. And then build relationships. Don't want to have a better understanding of who you are and what your experiences are. There are many questions that would come to -- not wanna know why you feel the way that you feel and have you had any. Experiences that have caused you to feel the -- you do. -- share my experiences with you and maybe. The opposite experience maybe I'll wonder why is that when people see me. As an -- in American woman when it was locked. It in her hair. Why they would want to think about crossing the street. And so you Natalie in agent -- and over time we would come to understand. A lot about one another but to understand exactly those times concerns and issues and even -- This process Angela for if we continue to build on relationships. To take it to the next level which is to go on day retreat. -- that the ads and even. Deeper level of conversation and dialogue. But then in this as well I think it's so good about this process. It lead to an opportunity for you and I seen that side. That we're gonna work together if we're going to -- a project one pick particular issue. That we want to know more about that we want to work on and backed plan the real work. Begin and so what winter institute and what we're going to be looking it is many organizations throughout the city. To do is to provide expertise. And the information that actually inform. The work these groups. So it -- the they want to. Focus on a particular issue maybe it is murder reduction mania is. -- population. You know whatever it is whether that issue might be maybe it racial profiling more or institutional racism whatever. Those issues are. We will be bringing an expert not just from New Orleans but from across the state and even from across the country when necessary. So that those experts can provide needed information. And individuals need. To helped to put together project back and fine except here in New Orleans and what we hope that you know at the end of this process there will be several groups. That will meet over the course three years. And we don't. You know at the end of three years that -- state. Racism and gone to war if it were that simple problem -- I think. It is long before you and I and and that it was and having this conversation. But what we do hope to have happen is at the end of this three year Korean. That many individuals who would never come together. It would never. Work together. Will have formed relationships were built from. That lay a foundation so that as. Project and issues and opportunities and New Orleans -- as the city continues to progress and such a positive way. That the new relationship will lay a foundation that we have left. On an issue rate and we have more. And an opportunity to focus on the new relationship and what people can do together and I just one -- we have to information. Actions that are taking place because we understand this is -- terribly complex issue I -- many people would describe it is being a problem and it intractable we don't believe that. We believe that this is something that can be addressed. And as we that in this interview. Many people care about that issue many people as. Strong opinions about this issue very passionate opinions about the issue. We want to invite anyone in the -- content you want it to information sessions one on Monday at 6 PM at new hope Baptist Church. And central city. And the others on Tuesday all of starting at 6 PM. -- -- rock community church in the same rock neighborhood we invite people contacting -- and then breaking will be there. That they will be able to go and much more detail -- we have time for now about the work that's happening. In Mississippi and about the model that's going to be used. And we hope that people will be open minded and open hearted and really come to hear about this process and it happened here about violent. Make a decision about whether this process is one that they would like to participate -- Let me say I understand it is not going to be for everyone everyone is not going to think that it. Is the way to address this issue but based on the feedback that we have received just in talking to people around. The city and communities across the city. There is a level of readiness people want to address the issues they want it taken on is trying to find some common ground around it. And probable it. In a new way to be able to have. Diversity -- -- mailing and only line that diversity -- the strength and not weakness -- doesn't have. Have to be weaknesses doesn't have to be in negative and the only that we -- know that that is the case is to start at the very beginning which is to bring people together. To -- Conversations start. And then have those conversations lead to relationship and the relationship these two work. Were you two ladies give us hope. It certainly sounds like you have -- can I get tobacco -- later date does is something we should learn more about ball -- ball. I'd be honored that big ambition how are actually have a great day. In my.