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This report contains information received at a public fact finding meeting held in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1999. The meeting examined equal opportunity conditions for minority residents in Moorhead, noting possible disparities in four areas: income and employment, education, public safety, and housing and public accommodation. To buttress the data collected, researchers administered attitudinal surveys to white and minority residents. After an introduction to the study, data are presented on the four areas, offering background information, survey results, commentary from public and organization officials, and commentary from the minority community. Overall, there were significant differences between white and minority members' perceptions of equal employment opportunity. Whites perceived that there was equal opportunity in employment and earning, while minorities perceived barriers to equal employment opportunity. Minorities were disproportionately under-represented in the public workforce. The Moorhead Human Rights Commission was perceived as a weak, ineffective enforcement mechanism for ensuring equal employment opportunity. The report recommends that the city commit to an affirmative action program designed to recruit, hire, and promote people of color and that the city vest the Human Rights Commission with real enforcement power. (SM)

Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Civil Rights, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Higher Education, Housing, Minority Groups, Racial Discrimination, Socioeconomic Status

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Midwestern Regional Office, 55 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. Tel: 202-376-8110.

Autor: Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, St. Paul.


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