LSU symposium tackles race, public policy, other issues

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU students took on some tough issues Wednesday at the Manship School. The school hosted a series of panels called Blurred Boundaries, Real
Consequences: The Intersection of Public Policy and Race.

Students and professors talked about subjects such as the Alton Sterling shooting and its impact on the city. One presentation focused on social media.

"If you apply that to social media, instead of getting in Facebook fights all the time and fighting people on Twitter, you say, 'Hey look, this person sees this issue differently than I do,'" said John Gavin Harp, a senior. "How can I learn from that? How can I learn from their perspective? And I think if you do that, you do good."

"You can have a safe conversation with people, a friendly conversation," said senior, Jonathan Brown. "You don't always have to say, 'Oh, I'm no racist but, or oh, I'm not trying to start a fight but, I'm not trying to put out a fire.' But you can just have a conversation about race relations as equally and peacefully as you and I are talking right now."

More panels will be held Thursday at the Milton Womack Park Ballroom from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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