Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Philly mag to host summit on race on Monday

Philly Mag's controversial "Being White in Philly" was supposed to get us talking about race. Mission accomplished.

Philly mag to host summit on race on Monday

Philadelphia Magazine´s March cover story, "Being White in Philly," has received an immense amount of criticism and backlash from readers and the national media.
Philadelphia Magazine's March cover story, "Being White in Philly," has received an immense amount of criticism and backlash from readers and the national media.

UPDATE, Friday, March 15, 2:30 p.m.: Philadelphia Magazine will host a panel discussion called "Can We Talk About Race?" on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.  Philly mag editor Tom McGrath will moderate the discussion which will be followed by a town hall session.  Robert Huber, author of the controversial March cover story "Being White in Philly," will be on the panel. Admittance is free but reservations are suggested.

UPDATE: Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists has announced that Philadelphia Magazine Editor Tom McGrath will discuss the March cover story, "Being White in Philly." with its members at 7 p.m. March 19 at  the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, 801 Market St.  Also on the agenda: the magazine's hiring practices. 

The supposed purpose of that controversial Philadelphia Magazine cover story called, "Being White in Philly," was to get us talking about race. Judging from the comments yesterday on this blog and all the newspaper columns, TV news segments,  and talk radio chatter, the article by Robert Huber more than achieved its goal.

Philadelphians are talking about black-white relations and, hopefully, in constructive ways that will pay off at some point. On Monday, Philly Mag will keep the conversation going by hosting a summit on race. The event is scheduled for March 18 at the National Constitution Center, according to Tom McGrath, editor of Philly mag. Stay tuned. More details to come.

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