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ERIC Number: ED002078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 96
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GUIDELINES--A MANUAL FOR BI-RACIAL COMMITTEES.
SCHERMER, GEORGE
THE CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES ARE BEING FACED WITH URGENT PROBLEMS AND TENSIONS THAT WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS OR FORMULAS. THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR DEDICATED LEADERS REPRESENTING ALL RACIAL, RELIGIOUS, CIVIC, BUSINESS, AND POLITICAL GROUPS TO REASON TOGETHER, TO COMMUNICATE, TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, TO FORMULATE ACTION PLANS, AND, WITH PATIENCE AND FIRMNESS, TO PERSUADE THE CITIZENRY TO COOPERATE FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY. THE STEPS TOWARD EFFECTIVE INTERRACIAL RELATIONS BEGIN WITH THE CITY ADMINISTRATION. THE CITY SHOULD HAVE A POLICY THAT IS CLEARLY AND PUBLICLY STATED. ALL THE UNITS OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE A JOINT RESPONSIBILITY. NEXT IN IMPORTANCE TO RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT IS COMMUNICATION AMONG THE VARYING FORCES, INSTITUTIONS, AND CIVIC LEADERS ABOUT RACE RELATIONS, AND COMMUNICATION AMONG CITIZENS OF ALL RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS. IF COMMUNICATION DOES NOT EXIST NO CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAMS ARE POSSIBLE. COMMUNICATION REQUIRES SPONSORSHIP AND APPROVAL OF THE RESPECTED AND AUTHORITATIVE COMMUNITY LEADERS. IT ALSO REQUIRES AN ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, IN THE FORM OF AN AGENCY OR COMMITTEE, TO KEEP THE COMMUNICATIVE PROCESS GOING. THE "AGENCY" SHOULD BE GOVERNED BY A BOARD OR COMMISSION OF MANAGEABLE NUMBERS AND SHOULD INVOLVE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL ETHNIC, BUSINESS, RELIGIOUS, AND RACIAL GROUPS IN ITS PROGRAM ACTIVITY. ALMOST ALL AGENCIES FOR RACE RELATIONS SHOULD INVOLVE SUCH PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS IN THE SCOPE OF THEIR PROGRAM AS PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL DESEGREGATION, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, MUNICIPAL POLICY AND PRACTICES, AND PUBLIC ACCOMODATION.
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Authoring Institution: B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.
Identifiers: New York (New York)