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DETROIT JOURNALISM COOPERATIVE RELEASES REVEALING STUDY OF METRO DETROITERS’ ATTITUDES ON RACE
DETROIT – (July 28, 2016) – The Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a partnership of nonprofit and community media organizations, has unveiled a comprehensive regional public opinion survey on issues surrounding race. This survey coincides with the Cooperative’s ongoing series of reports entitled “The Intersection,” which have explored a variety of conditions in and around Detroit currently, in advance of the 50th Anniversary of pivotal year 1967.
The survey of 600 Metro Detroit residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, consisted of interviews this summer via landline and mobile phones by Lansing polling firm EPIC-MRA. It asked about a wide range of opinion dealing with race. Survey results are accessible via supporting documents. But the following lists some highlights:
- There is a consensus among African-American and white residents that progress has been made on racial attitudes in the region since the violence that convulsed the city in 1967
- There is optimism for more progress in the future
- Roughly 1-in-3 black metro Detroiters say they have been unfairly targeted by police based on their skin color in just the past year. Perhaps as a result, far more African Americans voice support for Black Lives Matter than whites.
“This survey provides us insight on where the climate of Metro Detroit stands today on matters of race and other community priorities,” said Scott McCartney, the Cooperative’s Regional Editor. “As part of our reporting, this information sheds light on the attitudes and opinions that impact how this region views many of the issues currently dominating the national dialogue.”
About The Detroit Journalism Cooperative
To focus on community life and the city’s future after bankruptcy, five nonprofit and community media outlets have formed The Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC). Detroit Public Television is the lead partner for the group, which includes The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, Michigan Radio, WDET and New Michigan Media, a partnership of ethnic and minority newspapers.
Funded by Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism's Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities along with reporting.
The Cooperative’s reporting is available via detroitjournalism.org.