Posted on July 2, 2004
Conversations About Race
Signed into law on this day forty years ago, the Civil Rights Act barred unequal voter registration requirements, discrimination in public accommodations, and employment discrimination. Public Agenda, a nonpartisan research organization based in New York City, offers two reports that can serve as a springboard to conversations about ongoing issues of race. Race: Paying a Debt to the Past? (10 pages, PDF) looks at three race-related issues equality before the law, affirmative action, and poverty and offers suggestions as to what should be done regarding each. The second report, Where Are We Now?, highlights the gains made by African Americans over the last four decades as well as the serious problems they and other minorities still face.