It couldn’t have come at a better time, a discussion on Race and Justice in America took place right here in Wheeling on Thursday to help bring awareness to what’s happening all across the country.
“It’s interesting that this was planned long before the people in Baltimore, but it just goes to show you how there is a continuing problem dealing with policing, dealing with issues of poverty and dealing with issues of race. Vice President of Division of of Diversity David Fryson says. “I think its very important that wheeling is looking into this problem before there is an outbreak.”
He wasn’t alone with that feeling as hundreds of interested citizens gathered at the Robert C Byrd National Technology Center on Wheeling Jesuit University’s campus to discuss the hot topic that has caused so many to riot in places like Ferguson and Maryland.
“During a time like this discussion is needed, because if nobody’s talking about it than that means its not important, Wheeling Jesuit Student Jaila Bryant says. “Discussion is need people need to be educated on this topic and I think a lot of people aren’t so I think that this will do that today.”
A panel of 13 members made up of local law enforcement officials, students and community leaders sat in front of the large crowd to answer questions and express their opinions on what’s happening nationwide and what its going to take to be resolved.
“When folks are dying, especially young people it takes that anger to a new level, Criminal Defense Attorney Bob Gaudio says. “I think that’s why you see mobs and why you see anger and if they don’t do something soon about telling us telling how this young man died and why he died things are only going to get worse. We need to know the facts.”
Fryson quoted Martin Luther King Jr., saying–a riot is the language of the unheard. Which is why, he is trying to continue discussions like this across the state.