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Racial Profiling and Violence Awareness Reminder

-submitted by Whitney Gherman, DEI specialist and Extension educator

As we witnessed in the news recently, Black children are too often the victims of racial profiling and violence. Recently, Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old went to the wrong address to pick up his siblings. He was shot in the head by a white man who didn’t want him on his property. This Black child could be any Black child in America, even in rural places in Ohio. Please continue to protect the youth and raise up their voices. If you’re not sure how to get involved, check out new Extension-produced videos on the Project DREAMS website at On the home page, you’ll find a video summary of an event called Equity Day; and under the “About” section, there are three testimonials from students.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Please continue your positive work and contributions to the communities you serve. And in the words of one of Extension’s collaborators and community partners, Tamika Vinson Reid, “Onward ‘til Change!”