- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Portland Democratic City Committee held a racial inclusiveness forum to address what the group identified as systemic racism that has been plaguing Maine’s largest city.

Approximately 200 people attended Thursday evening’s event at Reiche Elementary School. The panel discussion was moderated by Danielle Conway, the first African-American to serve as dean of the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

The forum was held in the wake of numerous hostile incidents involving police and minorities across the country, as well as Gov. Paul LePage’s recent controversial remarks regarding the ethnicity of drug dealers in Maine.

The scope of the discussion remained broad, with panelists describing their own personal experiences with racism and what Rev. Kenneth Lewis called an open and uncomfortable dialogue regarding race and privilege.

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