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Las Vegas: Are We a Tolerant City?
Las Vegas: Are We a Tolerant City?

AIR DATE: July 27, 2012

Southwestern cities like Phoenix, San Antonio, and Albuquerque are building tolerance programs to combat hate crimes.  But though we're nearby, Las Vegas has had a history of very few hate crimes.  Why it that?  Are we a more tolerant city?  An apathetic city?  Or a city that lacks the right mix of elements to breed intolerance and hate groups?  Share your thoughts below.

Keith Woods, Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, National Public Radio
Richard Boulware, Vice President, Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP
John L. Smith, columnist, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Charles Chang, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center
Jose Melendrez, Assistant Vice President of Diversity Initiatives, UNLV

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At it's root I think racism is about resistance to change. In CA and AZ there is simply fear about losing what you know as the culture you grew up with (There is also a sense of territoriality). Here in Las Vegas, our city is ABOUT change and constant flux. We add various international elements and themes to attract people from all over the world. Perhaps we are actually benefiting from lacking a culture of our own...other than the culture of money which is clearly the overlying theme of our city.
MarkJul 25, 2012 11:20:10 AM
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