- Younger people in our region felt much more positive about people of other races than older people.
- 24% felt race relations were growing worse, a stark contrast to the 56% who felt that way in a 1991 Forum survey.
- Half of the African Americans surveyed felt they had been stopped by police because of their race.
- Most whites believed racial profiling by police or avoiding non-white neighborhoods to be common sense, while most African Americans believed such actions to constitute prejudice.
Interestingly, when asked what has to happen to improve race relations in our region, a typical response from individuals of all races was that "people need to learn how to discuss race." To the extent that the attention given to Obama and his former pastor has generated such discussion, we are making progress already.