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UPDATE: Windrow joins Mayor McFarland for 2nd live...

UPDATE: Windrow joins Mayor McFarland for 2nd livestreamed conversation on race

MTSU’s Vincent Windrow will again join Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland on July 28 for the second in a series of live-streamed conversations on race and policing.

The live televised briefing was initially set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, on Facebook and CityTV, but a mayoral scheduling conflict has pushed the event back a week to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, according to a city of Murfreesboro news release. To watch live on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/cityofmurfreesborotn.

Shane McFarland, mayor of Murfreesboro 2014-present, MTSU alumnus

Mayor Shane McFarland

Dr. Vincent Windrow

Dr. Vincent Windrow

The mayor’s briefing will be a second “Conversation on Race” with Windrow, associate vice provost for Student Success at Middle Tennessee State University. The latest briefing will also include Sgt. Bryant Mitchell and Sgt. Zach Ferrell with the Murfreesboro Police Department, the release states.

“I think being uncomfortable is good. We grow when things are uncomfortable,” McFarland said about the first “Conversation on Race” held June 30. “I think being able to sit down and have honest dialogue is something we need to have. It’s not about shame or pointing a finger and blaming. What I gathered from the first conversation is more about a community coming together.”

“It starts with desire. Before there are policies or any type of legislation, it starts with a desire to want to learn,” added Windrow in the release. “It’s about learning and it’s about growing. By drawing the circle wider, them become us.  We’ll always treat them worse than us. Why? Because they’re them. But when them becomes us, we learn how to navigate the space together.”

The televised briefing will be carried live on CityTV and WGNS Radio and can be viewed on Comcast Xfinity channel 3 & 1094, AT&T Uverse channel 99, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV via Cablecast Screenweave, www.youtube.com/cityofmurfreesboro, and City website at www.murfreesborotn.gov/citytv.

The Facebook Live briefings are part of the mayor’s “Conversation on Race,” a series of briefings McFarland decided to host on CityTV and WGNS Radio to discuss prejudices and preconceived notions about race and policing, and how we can all do better.

“As mayor, I will continue to have these conversations with Dr. Windrow and other citizens of our diverse and growing community so we can all confront these challenges together in real time.”

The mayor’s briefings are intended to openly discuss the topic of racial inequities over the coming months.Conversations about inequities and change are taking place across many sectors of American society, including government, the workplace, neighborhoods, police and in politics. McFarland encourages the Murfreesboro community to join in the conversation.

By Mike Browning, PIO, City of Murfreesboro


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