COLLEGE STATION, Texas - In a day and age when events like the shooting in Ferguson and even the deadly attack on police officers in Dallas make headlines, many are asking for change.
One woman hopes to address the root causes of social injustice. She made her case Wednesday evening at Texas A&M's Bush School of Government and Public Service where hundreds gathered.
"What we're seeing now, this tension between the community and law enforcement, isn't new," said Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean with Quinnipiac University. "There's a broader concept and that we can't understand what's happening today without what's built up to it."
More than just focusing on the actions that are a result of the conflict, specifically actions between peace officers and minority groups, Brown-Dean says change needs to come from the root.
"People are really feeling upset," she said. "They're hurt, they're angry, they don't know how to move forward. And until we address those core issues, we won't overcome them."
Breaking down stereotypes, increasing accountability, changing the system to foster growth, and not using violence to fight violence is a start. But so is dialog.
I want to engage that not from a point of argument, but also about reaching common ground," said Brown-Dean.
It's something those who came to listen want to take home with them.
"We need to have a conversation about it," said Matthew Gaskin. "That's the only way things are going to get done and how progress is actually going to be made."
Student Dylan Woods feels the same way.
"What I personally hope to do with it is maybe educate more people around me and eventually go into politics and work with legislation or different policies or initiatives to help these people first hand," he said.
Wednesday's lecture was the first series centered around social injustice. You can find the upcoming ones here.
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