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Organizations that work for minority rights and recognition, though great
ideas theoretically, tend not to follow through on those ideas in my
Allow me to serve you with an anecdote. This semester, I have been
on an in-depth public records project on racial profiling. Contrary
Lowery Contreras implied in his article on racial profiling, I do not
support this type of discriminatory action by police. Rather, the project
set out to prove, from arrest logs maintained by the Delaware, Ohio police
department, that DPD officers pull over and cite Delaware blacks at around
twice the rate they should have. Good evidence for racial profiling,
All I really needed was commentary from an above-mentioned
such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National
the Advancement of Colored People or from our school's own
House of Black
So throughout the months of March and April and a good portion of
I left enough messages with the Columbus chapter of the NAACP, the
offices of the ACLU and the House of Black Culture to the point
I found myself annoying.
You wanna know what I found out after two and a half months? The phones
at the ACLU's Ohio offices (216.781.6276) don't provide for callers to talk
actual humans. You can, however, leave a general message or a message
reporter line. On the reporter line you can even tell them your
due date. I told them my due date repeatedly, but they seemed
ignored it because I haven't heard dick from them.
The Columbus NAACP chapter (614.464.1108) will answer their phones with actual
human beings. However, that is on the rare occasion when someone might be
in. From the many times I called, I ascertained that they only tend to have
people in the offices Monday through Thursday mornings. Yet these people
volunteers who work as clerical staff and the person they continually
referred me to, a Mr. Parker, the president of the local chapter, never
to the offices. The director of minority student affairs at Ohio Wesleyan,
someone who theoretically should be in regular contact with the president
the local chapter of the NAACP, had never even talked to him.
The House of Black Culture did answer their phones and did try to be
helpful, however knew nobody whom I could talk to.
Granted, these pieces of anecdotal evidence are not meant to generalize
the entire operations of the ACLU, NAACP or House of Black Culture. As a
whole, these groups tend to do good things. For example, I found plenty
helpful info about racial profiling, or "driving while black," on the
website. However, info taken from a website is not nearly as helpful
tangible, concrete information given by a living human being. Journalists
still do and will continue to do interviews face to face, over the phone
at the very least by email. Good research will continue to need the
of expert opinions and facts and so far, zero out of three organizations
failed to produce these results.
I'm going to continue trying. Let's hope things get better.
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