Participants in our February 11 forum identified many ways in which Columbia is divided. These included divides between neighbors and neighborhoods that reflect differences in race, age, income, and political affiliation. These divides need more than a bridge to bring people together – underlying distrust, fear and anger need to be addressed as well.
An articulate and thoughtful group of students from Battle High School attended the forum. These students have been working hard at creating programs to help students work through the community divisions that are reflected within their school. We have invited them to tell us more on this blog, both through the comment section and in future posts.
There are other groups working in the community to build bridges or heal divides. These include Race Matters, Friends and Diversity Awareness Partnership. If you are involved in an effort to bring diverse groups together in dialogue let us know in the comment section below.