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Race Relations

Race Relations

Discrimination at Work

  • In 2010, approximately 5% of African-American respondents perceived they were treated worse at work than those of other races, down from almost 20% in 2004. In 2010, 5% of Central Texans of any race/ethnicity perceived they were treated better than people of other races at work (not shown).
Discrimination at Work

Survey Question: Within the past 12 months at work, do you feel you were treated worse than, the same as, or better than people of other races or ethnicities?

Mingling with Other Race/Ethnicities

  • Just over 25% of non-White Central Texans have been in fewer settings in the past year where their race/ethnicity made up the majority of the audience. Events targeted at specific groups are one indicator of strength within these communities, but increasingly homogenous cultural events do not signal healthy race relations.
Mingling with Other Race/Ethnicities

Survey Question: How many times in the past 30 days have you attended an event or activity, outside of work, where you were not part of the majority race/ethnicity in attendance? In the last 12 months, would you say that the number of these events is:

Racial Tension: Government Role

  • Almost 60% of Central Texans believe their government should do more to improve race relations.
  • Agreement is higher among Central Texas minorities.
Racial Tension: Government Role

Survey Question: Agreement: My government should do more to improve race relations …

Racial Tension: National or Local

  • While just over 55% of Central Texans believe racial tension in their community is more a result of national issues than local conditions, the sentiment is not strong either way. A notable 10% of respondents are unsure the distinction can be made.
  • There is a slight increasing trend toward seeing national factors as causing local tensions.
Racial Tension: National or Local

Survey Question: Agreement: Racial tensions are a result of big social and national trends rather than a result of local trends and conditions …

Racial Tension: Not me

  • Over 75% of Central Texans do not see their own perceptions of race as contributing to why racial tension and problems exist in their community.
Racial Tension: Not me

Survey Question: Agreement: I don’t think about people based on their race or ethnicity, but because others do, we have problems …

CURRENT STATE

While racial tension is declining in the workplace, Central Texans remain mixed about why and how to approach racial tension in the community.

IDEAL STATE

Central Texans demonstrate that we value diversity and respect each other.

CONTEXT

The history of our region, as well as our nation, includes deep division by race/ethnicity that has shaped land use, education, public safety and many other issues.

Efforts continue both to understand why such inequities persist, in our personal perceptions as well as a community, and how to resolve them.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

see City of Austin African-American Quality of Life Scorecard

see City of Austin Hispanic Quality of Life Scorecard

SOURCES

This indicator added by the CTSIP in 2006.

CTSIP Community Survey