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Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the issue guide description…

We have come a long way in the United States, but lingering racial and ethnic discrimination continues to strain the bonds that hold us together. It is time we set our minds to achieving Martin Luther King,Jr.’s dream of true equality. How can we best do this?

To help citizens consider this tough question, this deliberation guide considers the issue from three different perspectives, and suggests approaches by which the problems might be resolved. Each approach offers a different diagnosis of what’s wrong. Each provides a direction for public action. Each includes ideas and proposals that are drawn from across the political spectrum.

More about NIF issue guides…

NIFI’s issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. By intention, issue guides do not identify individuals or organizations with partisan labels, such as Democratic, Republican, conservative, or liberal. The goal is to present ideas in a fresh way that encourages readers to judge them on their merit.

NIFI offers various materials for each of the issues it produces issue guides on. The moderator guide or “guide to the forums” for each issue is available as a free download. Discussion guides (or “issue guides”) for participants are generally available in print or PDF download for a small fee ($2 to $4). DVD’s can also be purchased for some issues for just $6, for use at the beginning of your forums to introduce the topic and approaches.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/issue_books/detail.aspx?catID=8&itemID=573

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