Racial, ethnic and religious discrimination can be found in every facet of American life, from the corporate board room to the school playground. Yet, it is one of those topics that people do not like to discuss. Hate is difficult to measure. Unless it boils over into a publicly ugly act, it goes largely uncharted.
Without such a measure, it is difficult to spotlight ways to eliminate discrimination. This report illuminates divergent viewpoints from multi-ethnic Southern California and is guide for those looking for how to combat bias.
The report was planned in conjunction with an effort by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith to raise awareness in Southern California of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination. The campaign, called "A World of Difference," has been launched in Detroit, Boston, San Francisco and New York City. In some of the communities, the drive has led to school and community programs.
You'll hear a lot about this yearlong campaign--through special programming on KCBS-TV, through corporate-sponsored publicity drives, through church and synagogue events--about our sensitivities and insensitivities. If the year is successful, we will take a second look at the textbooks our children use in school, at the kind of language we use, at the need to expand our knowledge to understand how and why groups other than our own might react as they do.