ERIC Number: ED407450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Racial and Ethnic Tensions in American Communities: Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination--A National Perspective. Executive Summary and Transcript of Hearing before the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Washington, D.C., May 21-22, 1992).
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
In February 1991 the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights began a long- term study of the factors contributing to increased racial and ethnic tensions in the United States. This document is a summary of key points made at a National Perspectives Hearing that was part of this study. Following 2 days of testimony and the discussions of eight panels, five key themes emerged from the hearing as primary causes of persistent, and in some cases, increased racial and ethnic tensions: (1) crisis in leadership; (2) media portrayal of existing tensions; (3) deficiencies in the educational system; (4) disparities on the criminal justice system; and (5) growing economic inequality. In addition to these themes, many witnesses testified that the nature of racial and ethnic tension has been transformed as a result of the rapid demographic reconstitution of American society. The hearing summary begins with a synopsis of empirical data offered by various witnesses in support of the perception that racial and ethnic tensions are on the rise. The summary then provides overviews of the circumstances of the national denial of tensions and the primary causes of persistent racial and ethnic tension. The panels were titled: (1) Racial and Ethnic Tensions--Part 1; (2) Racial and Ethnic Tensions--Part 2; (3) Hate Incidents; (4) Changing Demographics; (5) Multiculturalism; (6) Socioeconomic Factors, Part 1; (7) Socioeconomic Factors, Part 2; and (8) Civil Rights. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.