Black Arkansans less optimistic about race relations

(March 9, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- A University of Arkansas at Little Rock survey on racial attitudes shows a wide gap in how blacks feel toward whites - and vice versa. Some observers suggest the study shows whites are more optimistic than blacks when it comes to racial relations. About 16-hundred Pulaski County residents were interviewed for the study, which will be repeated annually. About 130 people were present as results were released yesterday. Half of Pulaski County blacks said whites cannot be trusted, while only nine percent of whites felt the same way about blacks. Other conclusions from the study were that whites felt closer to blacks than blacks did to whites; that blacks felt their children do not have as good a chance as whites to get a good education; and that whites thought their communities were more integrated than blacks.