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Citizens share stories of alleged racial discrimination within the Columbus Consolidated Government

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The local chapter of the NAACP hosted a public forum Thursday, giving citizens the chance to share personal experiences involving racial discrimination, with a representative from the U.S. Justice Department.

During the forum more than a dozen citizens stepped forward to share their stories.

"So many people had different stories to tell. That was the jist of what we were trying to do, just to see that this was not a one dimensional issue, that these are multi issues and multi concerns of the community," said Nate Sanderson, the President of the Columbus chapter of the NAACP.

Some citizens told stories of alleged police discrimination, while others said they experienced it within the court system.

"The dialogue was really great. I'm really surprised at the outcome, the turnout in the community was good. I am pleasantly surprised that so many people came out," added Sanderson.

There to listen, was Susan Buchanan, a representative from the Justice Department. Buchanan explained to the crowd that she is neither a prosecutor nor an investigator, but more of a mediator, and is there to gather information about the city.

"Because if you don't know the problem, you can't fix it. So that's what we need to know, we need to know what the problems are, so that our city leaders can fix them. And I have confidence that our city leaders will fix these problems," said Sanderson.

Sanderson added that the NAACP plans to work with people who say they have experienced racial discrimination to help bring a change to the community.

He also explained that the next step is for the Justice Department to look at the information gathered at the session and if necessary, bring the offending parties together to resolve the issues.

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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