The National Issues Forums is a non-partisan nationwide network of educational and community organizations that convenes forums for citizens to deliberate about public issues. This report analyzes what happened in a series of National Issues Forums on “Racial and Ethnic Tensions: What Should We Do?” that took place in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2001 and 2002. The executive summary reports on the outcomes both of the forums and of a questionnaire that was completed by 2,541 participants. The body of the report discusses the framework for and the impact of deliberation, considers the issue of race from three different perspectives and suggests approaches by which the problems might be resolved.
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