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People call for a look at racial injustice in Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - More than 150 people came together on the Ped Mall in Iowa City. They were inspired by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri and were hoping to start a dialogue on race here.

The crowd brought people of all ages.

"I didn't think it was fair for black people to be treated differently," said Abria Shields, 11 years old.

That seems like a simple message but it's one the crowd wanted people to hear.

"I think it's important for all of us in a community, regardless of our race or ethnic background, to come together and show support for changing systems that make it ok for police to shoot unarmed black people," said Kendra Malone, who lives in Iowa City.

People shared their own stories, saying racism is everywhere.

"This isn't just a Ferguson issue," said Kayla Wheeler, who helped organize the event. "This is a national issue."

After a few people spoke, people who were out here were asked to walk around and meet someone new -- someone who looked different from them and then give them a hug.

Organizers asked the crowd to continue the dialogue at home, or out with friends, hoping that may lead to change.

"It's scary that she has to deal with this you know, years later, that I had to deal with this as a child but years later it's still an issue," said Sabrena Shields, Abria's mother.

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