Race And Culture Task Force Issues Initial Findings

Andrew Greenstein
May 02, 2018 - 4:55 pm
Downtown Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth task force on race and culture is out with its preliminary report.

The task force held dozens of meetings throughout Fort Worth since it was formed last summer.

Co-chair Rosa Navejar says at each one, there was a handful of issues that came up frequently.

"They talked about discrimination in education, racism, economic development, criminal justice, racial prejudice, political representation, public accommodations, employment and housing," says Navejar.

In terms of criminal justice, for example, the commission found that in 2016, African-Americans, who represent 19% of the city's population, accounted for 41% of all arrests.

During yesterday's city council work session, the commission asked for an extension to the end of the year in order to give it more time to go over the findings and to draft recommendations.

"It could be short-term implementation; it could be long-term implementation. But something that gets done and it's not sitting on a shelf. Because if not, we will have this same conversation in ten years," says Navejar.