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LAist Expands ‘Race In LA’ Series With New Project

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Have you ever wanted to ask someone about their experiences as a certain race/ethnicity, but were too afraid or embarrassed or shy to ask? We’re here to help.

We want to build off the strong conversations about race and racism coming out of our Unheard LA: A Deeper Listen series with Race In LA. That’s why we’re taking your questions — from cultural differences like hairstyles and music to what it feels like to be racially profiled.

We invite the community to ask questions (see below) they’ve always wanted to ask or have been too scared/unsure how to ask about race and racial issues.

We’ve assembled a diverse group of people with strong voices and viewpoints to answer those questions and share their honest experiences.

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Our panel is made up of 12 individuals, several from our newsroom, but mostly community members from around L.A. They are men and women. Some have kids, are single or have partners. They range in age from 30s to 60s. They identify as cisgender and queer. They identify as Native American and Asian American and Latinx, Black, multiracial, Hawaiian and white. We tried our best to represent a cross-section of Angelenos’ multifaceted cultural, racial and ethnic diversity.

Our aim is to create a welcoming space for meaningful communication and mutual understanding. We know that these are heavy topics that can bring tension and discomfort to the surface.

We won’t post any details about who asked the question, but we do ask that all submissions are respectful and civil. We’ll try to provide a response to every question that comes in. We will also be transparent as to who provided the answer. We’ll continue taking your questions through Friday, Nov. 13. We’ll post the last answers the following week.

The Racism 101 project webpage will launch in one week, on Monday, Oct. 19. You can access it at

READ MORE: New 'Racism 101' Project From LAist Aims To Facilitate Deeper Conversations