ERIC Number: ED200678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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Conceptual Considerations of Ethnicity: Past, Present, and Future.
Kromkowski, John A.
This paper describes the goals and perspective of the Bicentennial Ethnic Racial Coalition (BERC), as they exemplify the relationship between emerging neighborhood consciousness and ethnic/racial consciousness. The perspective of BERC, formed in the early 1970s, is that Federal domestic policy of the past three decades has not appreciably contributed to the total human development of America. The coalition argues that our understanding of American cities must be reoriented in order to account for the importance of multiculturalism in civic, neighborhood, and human development. BERC ideals affirm the basic human rights of all persons to decent material living conditions, to the availability of opportunities for humanly fulfilling work, to ownership of property, to a share in the control of decision making that affects limited resources, and the articulation of the human spirit in diverse cultures of the American people. Further, BERC challenges policy researchers to combine the field experiences of neighborhood bodies with the disciplines of economics, planning, and political science in order to consider policy outcomes from the human perspective. Urban decentralization, with an emphasis on neighborhoods, is one major strategy BERC upholds for city revitalization. BERC supports legislation and public policies that support such a neighborhood focus and promise to consider contributions of different ethnic and racial groups to America's development. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.