|| ONE AMERICA IN
THE 21st CENTURY
The President's Initiative onRace
"Today, I ask the American people to join me in a great
nationaleffort to perfect the promise of America for this new time as we seek
to buildour more perfect union....That is the unfinished work of our time, to
lift theburden of race and redeem the promise of America."
-- President Clinton, June 14, 1997
The President's Plan. The President is leading the nation in an
effort to become One America in the 21st Century: a place where we respect
others differences and, at the same time, embrace the values that unite
us. To achieve this goal, President Clinton developed the following plan:
- Develop Policy That Offers Opportunity To All Those Who Work For It.
Taking the recommendation of the Presidents Advisory Board, the primary
focus of our policy actions will be to enhance educational and economic
opportunity. A number of policy actions have been announced, including creating
education empowerment zones, increasing quality teaching in undeserved areas
and stepping up enforcement to stop discrimination in housing.
- Engage Americans In A Broad And Constructive Dialogue. The President
is encouraging communities across the country to engage in constructive
dialogues on race. He is calling on them, not only to stand against
discrimination, but also to build greater understanding across racial line and
to find resolutions to honest differences. From constructive dialogue, positive
actions take root, like the Akron Coming Together Project.
- Highlight Promising Practices That Are Working. Community efforts
are crucial to the success of the Presidents Initiative on Race. In
communities throughout the country, people are working to bridge racial divides
and to create equal opportunity for all. The Race Initiative staff is
identifying and creating a compilation of these efforts, named promising
practices, so that others may participate in them or replicate them in
their own communities, schools, businesses and religious organizations. These
promising practices have been highlighted on the One America web site, in
remarks by the President and at Advisory Board meetings.
- Recruit Leaders. The President is reaching out to leaders in several
areas of American life with a special emphasis on recruiting youth, education,
religious and business leaders. One America leaders are those
people who take up the Presidents call by organizing efforts in their
communities or professions. Through their leadership, the Presidents
Initiative on Race will reach communities throughout the nation.
- Advisory Board. The President appointed a small, diverse group that
will advise and assist him in outreach efforts and consultations with experts.
They were chosen based on their outstanding leadership on this issue and their
contributions to Americas ongoing dialogue about race and reconciliation.
- Deliver A Report from the President. This winter the President will
issue a report in which he will: 1) present his vision of One America,
including an assessment of the growing diversity of our nation; 2) reflect the
work that has occurred during the initiative; and 3) provide recommendations
and solutions that enable individuals, communities, businesses, public and
private organizations and government at all levels to address difficult issues
and build on our best possibilities.