A Staunton City Council member is trying to ease some of the tension caused by racial profiling.
Ophie Kier will be hosting an open forum in August to discuss racial problems that might be happening in the area.
Kier has been getting calls from the community saying that a meeting like this is needed.
He says the Trayvon Martin case has highlighted race issues in the country.
Kier is not expecting all the problems to be solved in one meeting.
He would just like to open up conversation so people can begin to understand each other.
"I'm hoping we get to the point where we can discuss, openly and comfortably, the issues we have with each other. If there is somebody who doesn't like me just because, I'm wanting them to say that. I'm wanting them to say, I've never liked you because of this." says Kier.
The meeting will be held Thursday, August 7th at 6:30PM in the Staunton City Council chambers.
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