Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

To Undo Racism Some Communities Highlight Diversity

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

To Undo Racism Some Communities Highlight Diversity

Article excerpt

America's cities and towns have more programs than ever to combat racism and celebrate and encourage diversity, according to NLC's latest Insta-poll.

While racial separation, intolerance and hate crimes continue to exist, most of the nation's cities and towns are actively working to undo racism in schools and neighborhoods through local cultural awareness events and observances of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. More than 400 local elected officials responded to an Insta-Poll on the issue of racism at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Insta-poll showed overall that 73 percent of officials reported that there have been no hate crimes in their communities during the past year. However, 43 percent of city officials in communities over 100,000 reported occurrences of hate crimes. This compares to 16 percent in cities with populations below 50,000. Fifty-four percent of officials in large cities reported having racial separation in schools compared to 43 percent of officials in smaller cities. The Insta-poll also found that 63 percent of officials in large cities reported having racial or ethnic separation in their neighborhoods, compared to 44 percent in smaller cities.

In an effort to combat racial separation, many city officials reported they have promoted and participated in diversity celebrations such as the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January as a way to bring ethnic groups together. Sixty-two percent have special Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations and 69 percent report that they conduct or help sponsor other cultural diversity or heritage events to promote racial awareness through out the year.

Findings By Population

While larger cities reported experiencing more hate crimes as well as racial and ethnic segregation in their schools and neighborhoods, they are also the population groups doing the most to promote cultural awareness through events and observances of special days. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.