Tue April 24, 2012
Concerning the Recently Issued Survey on Race from the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
Last week, the nonprofit John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation released a survey of Tulsa residents' views on race relations. This survey was called for, and completed, before the recent (and perhaps racially motivated) shootings in North Tulsa in the pre-dawn hours of Good Friday --- but it's hardly surprising that, given the shocking tragedy of those violent acts and the coincidental appearance of this new survey, people throughout our community are speaking about issues of race with a candor that seems, in many cases, as rare as it is welcome. The survey set out to measure Tulsa-area citizens' attitudes on current racial issues as well as their knowledge of Tulsa's racial history. Some 2,063 people participated in the survey. Developed by a collaborative research team from the JHF Center for Reconciliation and the University of Oklahoma's Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations, it asserted these three key findings: 1) race relations are poor in Tulsa; 2) Tulsa would benefit from increasing racial diversity in its neighborhoods; and 3) the 1921 Race Riot should be taught in public schools. On StudioTulsa today, we speak with Dr. Chad Johnson, Associate Professor of Human Relations at OU-Tulsa, who was the project director for this survey (and who's also affiliated with the aforesaid Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations). You can download the complete survey, including its executive summary, along with graphics, analysis, and survey methodology at jhfcenter.org.