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‘Come Meet a Black Person,’ says the invitation to a Georgia networking event

People in Lawrenceville, Ga., have been invited to come together Thursday for a two-hour networking event. They’ll get a name tag, go through introductions, eat comfort food such as chili and corn bread and — they’ve been told — they’ll get a chance to meet a black person.

Cheryle Moses, a black woman who founded Urban MediaMakers, a group for filmmakers and content creators, is sponsoring the “Come Meet a Black Person” event.

She told The Washington Post that she “wanted to do something different” for the group’s 16th anniversary.

Moses read a few months ago that most whites don’t have many nonwhite friends. She noted a 2013 study from the Public Religion Research Institute suggesting that 75 percent of white people in the U.S. don’t have any nonwhite friends. For most whites, their circle of friends is about 91 percent white. Similarly, the study showed that 65 percent of black people don’t have white friends.

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