Perceived discrimination in Topeka, Kansas

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Michael L. Birzer
Richard B. Ellis


Objective, This study describes perceived discrimination in Topeka, Kansas, Methods.  A 21 item survey questionnaire shows perceived levels of discrimination and the nature and type of discrimination experienced by citizens. Nine focus groups were conducted by the researchers to better understand the nature of discrimination in this community. Conclusions, A significant portion of participants experience some form of discrimination. Data from both survey responses and focus groups reveal that discrimination is experienced across all population groups. The findings convey a sense of victimization and a strong sentiment that it is an active undercurrent within this community. These findings suggest that community leaders need to be cognizant of community perceptions of discrimination as they prepare for the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education.

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