The Portland City Democratic Committee will host a panel discussion Thursday on racism and inclusiveness, in light of Gov. Paul LePage’s recent repeated comments about the racial makeup of drug dealers in Maine.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Reiche elementary school.

“When our governor goes on a racist tirade and calls people of color enemies of the state of Maine, you better believe that we’re going to fight hard to hold Gov. LePage accountable,” the committee wrote in an invitation sent Monday.

The discussion will be moderated by Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law. She will be joined by seven panelists from the Portland community: Mayor Ethan Strimling, the Rev. Kenneth Lewis, Rachel Talbot-Ross, Kate Knox, Ekhlas Ahmed, Sean Alonzo Harris and Samuel James.

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