Columbia Police Review Board to take up discussion about race

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Review Board planned to begin its Wednesday meeting with a presentation about how "Race Matters" by the Anti-Defamation League.

Karen Aroesty, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, gave a presentation about starting the conversation about race in Columbia. 

The Anti-Defamaiton League works with three areas of society: public policy, education and law enforcement. She said what's unique about the organization's work with law enforcement is its work with the anti-bias side and sharing its investigative research into the activities and trends about people in hate groups and white supremacy. 

"I hope to engage in a conversation with folks from the review board," Aroesty said. "And folks in the community. I want them so start thinking in a very innovative way on how they can come together to lift up the community when it comes to issues of disparity and race."

Aroesty said one of the most important factor in conversations about race in America is personal accountability. 

"We don't want to feel as if we're bias, let alone racist," Aroesty said. "That word has heavy duty meaning all by itself."

Aroesty said the goal of her conversations is to get people to get people to feel good about having conversations about race. She said it's okay to make mistakes, as long as people are open to fixing their mistakes.