Youngstown School Board member leads talk on racism, homophobia

Dario Hunter, MLK Day speech


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, but events to honor him have already begun in Youngstown.

On Friday night, Youngstown School Board member Dario Hunter spoke to group of people about racism at the Rodef Sholom in Youngstown.

Hunter was born to an Iranian-Muslim dad and a black Christian mom. He identified himself as Jewish and gay.

Those in attendance first heard Hunter’s story on being a gay man in the Jewish community — something he says is not widely accepted. He also spoke about the conflict going on between Israelis and Palestinians. Hunter, a former lawyer in Israel, said a simple reminder would help those overseas.

“Israelis are human beings,” he said. “They’re fathers, sons, mothers, daughters. Palestinians are fathers, sons, mothers, daughters.”

Lastly, Hunter spoke about racism in America. He believes changes need to start at the top.

“We need diversity in our power structure.”

Hunter said acceptance for all of these issues will take time, and it will take generations to do so.

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