Sunday, April 7, 2002

What your neighbors said

        Neighbor to Neighbor asked participants to answer these four questions. Top 10 responses to each:

Where do we agree?

  1. Education on race issues is critical, especially to reach the young.
  2. We all need to get to know people different from ourselves.
  3. Itís important to celebrate diversity.
  4. Racism exists; some people have fewer opportunities and more obstacles.
  5. Economic disparities contribute to racial tensions.
  6. Fear of people who are different is part of the problem.
  7. More frank, interracial talk is needed.
  8. Police-community relations must be improved.
  9. Integration shouldnít be forced.
  10. People are frustrated over a lack of racial progress.
Where do we disagree?
  1. Whether affirmative action is effective or fair.
  2. Whether English should be our official language.
  3. Whether poverty or race causes racial tension.
  4. Whether we should be color-blind or take into account a personís race.
  5. Whether the cityís economic resources are fairly distributed among neighborhoods.
  6. Whether government or citizens should set educational standards.
  7. The extent to which racial discrimination exists.
  8. Whether equal opportunity and truly integrated communities are achievable.
  9. Whether the news media intensifies racial tension.
  10. Whether racial tolerance is best taught in the home, school or church.
What can we, as citizens, do?
  1. Live by the Golden Rule: Get to know others, respect each other, smile, be warm.
  2. Get involved: Become a mentor; volunteer in the community and in schools.
  3. Continue Neighbor to Neighbor meetings; invite new people.
  4. Speak out against racially demeaning jokes and comments.
  5. Organize and attend multicultural events.
  6. Encourage churches to share pastors, services, programs.
  7. Teach your children well.
  8. Learn more about racial issues and different cultures.
  9. Plan and attend neighborhood socials.
  10. Vote.
What should our community leaders do?
  1. Insist that schools provide role models, implement race forums, restore vocational education, hold educators accountable for confronting racism.
  2. Improve police-community relations.
  3. Invest in economic development, minority businesses, youth job programs.
  4. Organize multicultural events.
  5. Meet and listen to residents.
  6. Rebuild troubled neighborhoods.
  7. Participate in diversity training.
  8. Church leaders should be leading racial change.
  9. News media should do more positive stories.
  10. Corporate leaders should get more involved.

The Police
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Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
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Going beyond polite silence
- What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

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Jordanian grocer
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Police officer
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Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race