“The community is an essential partner.”[i]
The following list is a summary of the recommendations including tasks that are appropriate for individuals or groups in Arkansas to assume responsibility.
1. Recommendation – Continue talking about racial and ethnic issues; have discussions at home, workplaces, and in the community.
Opportunity – Read and share resources like, “Race Matters” a report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, written to provide insight on how to approach issues of race and ethnicity.
2. Recommendation – Create a media watch group.
Opportunity – Thanks to the Internet, citizens are able to share ideas in real-time in a global setting. Monitor the media through the web, social media networks, or start your own blog.
3. Recommendation – Take responsibility for educating our own children about diversity and acceptance.
Opportunity – Take advantage of teachable moments at home. Read an example on how in this article from Parenting magazine, “5 Tips for Talking About Racism With Kids.”
4. Recommendation – Learn more about your neighbor.
Opportunity – Support your local community events and groups like the University District Neighborhood Associations and others to get to know people different from yourself.
5. Recommendation – Create a series of continuing education for journalists.
1. The Society of Professional Journalists, the largest professional organization for news media professionals has resolutions for reporting on issues of race, “Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling.”
2. Journalists can use the guidelines as a tool to examine their own reporting habits, and consumers can use it to hold news reporting outlets accountable.
To download the full report, see the 2012 Roundtable Strategy Session Recommendations.
[i] UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity. “Taking on Arkansas’s Biggest Problem,” Chancellor’s Prospectus. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, October 2011.