Campus police defamed racial group in its flier
Daniel Wambold displayed a fair amount of naivete regarding the Campus Police Association fliers distributed during Parents' Weekend ["Police Association fliers did not mention race, Oct. 31]. He is correct that "there was no mention of race in the entire document!"
However, all of the popular media in Boston (The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, the local television stations, etc.) have previously identified these gangs as being made up of predominantly minorities, and as being located in neighborhoods of Boston that are demographically identified as minority. Photographs in newspapers and taped stories on television have consistently shown only minorities as being members of these gangs.
I, too, though not a member of a minority group, was outraged over the implicit racial overtones of the fliers. The CPA has a legitimate right to bring their cause to the attention of the MIT community. Where they are wrong is in attempting to unjustifiably create an atmosphere of fear and terror directed towards one race or class of individuals.
Knowing one of the associate deans and having talked with him about the issue, I can confidently state that his decision to publicize his views was not a "disreputable political tactic." Rather, his letter was an attempt to express the anger shared by many over the actions of the CPA.
If the CPA wishes to enlist the support of the community, it would be better off sticking to the facts of its contract dispute, rather than attempting the defamation of any one group of people.
Director of Administrative->