Government
7:54 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Dems call for diversity training for TN lawmakers

Democratic leaders in the Tennessee legislature are calling for all state lawmakers to undergo diversity and sensitivity training.  They point to insulting comments made by two Republican lawmakers earlier this month to the Legislature's black caucus as the reason.  Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he believes lawmakers would benefit from some type of sensitivity session, even if it means incorporating it into the mandatory ethics training.  Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center director Frank Dobson says the lawmakers' offensive comments are part of what he calls the racial divide.  Dobson says the training sessions may help to some degree.