POINT LOMA (NEWS 8) - Dozens of people gathered for the second annual Talk Race Symposium at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church to discuss race relations and diversity.
People of all colors and from all walks of life discussed issues confronting the nation and our community. Some shared personal stories, while others came to add to the ongoing dialogue of race relations.
"It's something that's really needed, especially with all the hate groups that are coming out of the woodwork nationally," Continuing The Conversation's Carla Stayboldt said. "We felt in San Diego we needed to make a difference and say this is wrong."
Speakers focused on general topics like racial disparities in housing, education and criminal justice.
"Some people say it doesn't exist, there's systemic racism that exists," Continuing The Conversation's Derrick Luckett said. "There's all types that exist the question to a black man, it exists on a daily basis for someone of color. They all experience it differently in different ways, but we all feel it."
"We can't afford to have San Diego split because of whats going on in Washington and other places. We need to learn to live together, learn about each other and grow from that," Luckett added.
Continuing the Conversation meets monthly to discuss the same issues and keep the dialogue going.
"There's an attempt trying to normalize racism and the majority of our society is not that way," participant Nathan Yoder said. "I don't believe that."
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The San Diego Yacht Club will welcome the International Masters Regatta back to the city Friday for the start of a three-day sailing competition.
UTC Aerospace Systems plans to wind down manufacturing at its Chula Vista aircraft plant beginning early next year, eliminating around 300 jobs, it was reported Friday.
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Residents in El Cajon are sounding the alarm on what they say are growing problems related to increased homelessness in the area. Some neighbors say they feel unsafe in their own yards because of drug use and nearby encampments.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.
San Diego State University students who were recently vaccinated for meningitis may need to receive the vaccine again, the school and Walgreens warned on Friday.
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A pedestrian was rescued from underneath a vehicle Friday after she was struck near an Interstate 805 on-ramp in the Mountain View area, authorities said.