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Roundtable discussion: Are LA's race relations as rosy as they seem?




Roundtable guests from left to right: Jodi Armour, professor with the USC Gould School of Law, Grace Kao, associate professor of ethics at the Claremont School of Theology, Matt Barreto, professor of Chicano studies and political science at UCLA. Photos used with permission.
Roundtable guests from left to right: Jodi Armour, professor with the USC Gould School of Law, Grace Kao, associate professor of ethics at the Claremont School of Theology, Matt Barreto, professor of Chicano studies and political science at UCLA. Photos used with permission.

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A recent survey conducted by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences asked Californians how they felt about race relations in the state. The outlook was generally positive: about 65 percent of those surveyed said that California has the best relations in country.

Speaking to Take Two, survey director Dan Schnur said that outlooks varied, depending on which group was being polled.

"While the general feeling among all Californians was that race relations within their own communities were better, generally speaking, white Californians, and to a slightly-lesser extent Asian Americans were more positive," he said.

Latino respondents, on the other hand, had a less rosy outlook. Schnur also noted that African American were "significantly less positive."

You can hear yesterday’s interview with Dan Schnur in its entirety here.

Take Two host Alex Cohen moderated a dialogue on diversity in Southern California with a multiethnic panel of local scholars. The panel explored the challenges that Latino, Asian and African American communities in California continue to face. Additionally, they discussed the steps needed to fix the economic and social divisions that are still rampant in our local communities.  

Press the play button above to hear the panel’s discussion.

Roundtable Guests:

Grace Kao, associate professor of ethics at the Claremont School of Theology

Jodi Armour, professor with the USC Gould School of Law

Matt Barreto, professor of Chicano studies and political science at UCLA