Racial And Ethnic Tensions In American Communities: Poverty, Inequality, And Discrimination - A National Perspective

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Mary Frances Berry, Carl A. Anderson, Cruz Reynoso
DIANE Publishing, 1997 - Law - 204 pages
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In 1991 the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights embarked upon a long term investigation into the factors contributing to increased racial and ethnic tensions throughout the U.S. This report covers: hate incidents; changing demographics; multiculturism; socioeconomic factors; and civil rights. Five key themes emerged as primary causes of persistent, and in some cases, increased racial and ethnic tensions: crisis in leadership; media portrayals of existing tensions; deficiencies in the educational system; disparities in the criminal justice system; and growing economic inequality.

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Page 20 - ... its function is purely investigative and fact-finding. It does not adjudicate. It does not hold trials or determine anyone's civil or criminal liability. It does not issue orders. Nor does it indict, punish, or impose any legal sanctions. It does not make determinations depriving anyone of his life, liberty, or property. In short, the Commission does not and cannot take any affirmative action which will affect an individual's legal rights. The only purpose of its existence is to find facts which...
Page 28 - ... recommendations, and the same inaction. These words come to our minds as we conclude this report. We have provided an honest beginning. We have learned much. But we have uncovered no startling truths, no unique insights, no simple solutions. The destruction and the bitterness of racial disorder, the harsh polemics of black revolt and white repression have been seen and heard before in this country. It is time now to end the destruction and the violence, not only in the streets of the ghetto but...
Page 188 - If we — and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others — do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history ot the world.
Page 3 - General shall acquire data, for the calendar year 1990 and each of the succeeding 4 calendar years, about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, including where appropriate the crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter; forcible rape; aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation; arson; and destruction, damage or vandalism of property.
Page 188 - If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time!
Page 121 - You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worth'y son to live under the Stars and Stripes.
Page 13 - The videotaped beating of Rodney King by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department has come to symbolize the very essence of police brutality and official misconduct.
Page 125 - Andrade. I am the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians.
Page 19 - ... on Civil Rights, Racial and Ethnic Tensions in American Communities: Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination-A National Perspective, executive summary and transcript of hearing held in Washington, DC (Washington, DC: US Commission on Civil Rights, May 21-22, 1992).
Page 139 - I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time and effort to be here, and I know a lot of work has gone into your reports.

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