AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The creators of the “Drop the Dis Podcast” held a roundtable discussion addressing inequality and race relations in the community. The event took place at THE CLUBHOU.SE and featured panelists such as Dr. Tiffany Townsend and Mayor Hardie Davis.
This is the second roundtable discussion the duo has held. We sat down with a few of the panelists before the event to see what they hoped would come out of the conversation.
Reporter: “We’re here with the guys from “Drop The Dis” and today is the day for the second round table discussion. What do you hope to get out of this discussion today?”
David Bash, Co-Host, “Drop the Dis” Podcast: “Well, when we first started the series, really we didn’t know what we would get out of it and what we were really trying to do was bring light to something that we didn’t feel was getting enough attention. Now, we really want to take this opportunity and take this platform that we feel like we’ve been able to create and talk more specifically about other issues going on in our community and so today we’re doing a topic ‘examining economic equality’ and so that’s going to be talking about everybody. We’re going to be talking about people that are impoverished, LGBTQ community, people of different races or backgrounds and really we’re going to be talking about how do we improve situations for these people from different standpoints.”
Dr. Tiffany Townsend, Chief Diversity Officer at Augusta University: “Speaking from the vantage point of work force development, I’m the Chief Diversity Officer at Augusta University and certainly we are very concerned about educating the next generation and really understanding what’s required to ensure a successful and diverse work force.”
Reporter: “Why is it important to have these kinds of discussions?”
Dr. Townsend: “I think what we really need to do is to start being comfortable having conversations about inequality. I think because of the nature of the ways in which certain disparities have surfaced in our country, folks are often uncomfortable with these conversations; but until we can have these conversations we can’t move forward together as a country. I welcome the opportunity to have discussions about ways in which we can come together.”
Eric Parker, President of THE CLUBHOU.SE: “Well, really if we want to advance this community forward and have a place where everyone gets along and everyone is healthy, we have to look at a lot of the underlying socioeconomic issues beneath that and entrepreneurship and workforce development are key pieces of it.”
Mayor Hardie Davis: “I’m excited to have this conversation. I think these types of conversations have long been needed in our city to begin dealing with the issues of systemic racism…inequality. We know that last year our nation was gripped with not only with a global pandemic but more importantly the issues of social injustice, racial injustice, and now we have a unique opportunity to bend that arc towards justice, in the words of Dr. King and we’ve got a great panel of individuals who want to lean in on that conversation.”
Reporter: “What do you hope comes from today’s conversation?”
Chris Nabholz, Co-Host, “Drop the Dis” Podcast: “We really hope this gets people to talk about it. It’s talking about what’s going on. People need to feel comfortable in saying ‘how can we make this a better place together as one Augusta.'”
Mayor Hardie Davis: “I think I’ve been put in a position to not only thoughtfully engage in that conversation, but to be able to add value in a constructive way. What are some of the things we could be doing here in Augusta to help us begin shaping a community, as I often times say, ‘One Augusta’, a city of opportunity for everyone, where people want to live, to work, and to raise their families.”
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AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – Last year, the Drop the Dis Podcast discussed inequality and race relations in the community. Now they’re doing it again. This weekend the podcast’s creators, Chris Nabholz and David Bash, will host another round table discussion.
Mayor Hardie Davis, Dr. Tiffany Townsend and other speakers will take part in the discussion.
“Last June, Chris and I, taking into account what was going on in the community, wanted to find some kind of way to leverage our platform and talk about the inequality and the problems that were going on,” said Bash. “Obviously we’re not the best people to talk about it so we brought in experts and had a really great conversation. What we’re really trying to do is, do this again. We’re trying to dive deeper in to some specific topics and we’re trying to have some really smart people come together and answer some questions about how to make our community better.”
“So the format is gonna be very similar,” said Nabholz. “We’re going to have four individuals of different backgrounds that have different professions that they are doing in the community.”
“We’re going to be talking about what the sociological view of what’s going on right now,” said Bash. “What does that mean economically in our community? How is inequality impacting our community and what role does our government have in dealing with that? What role does it have in healthcare and what are our institutions doing that combat it and we’re going to wrap up and talk about entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for the future and hopefully, with all that, we get some kind of direction that our community can take.”
“What we’re trying to do is show we’re united. Watching stuff like this and being a part of something like this is really cool to just understand the sense of community we have here,” said Bash.
The event takes place Saturday, January 30, from Noon to 2 p.m. and you can watch it on the group’s YouTube channel, HERE.