CP flier demonstrated indirect forms of racism
Apparently David Wambold believes that racism exists only in direct forms ["Police Association flyer did not mention race," Oct. 31]. There were no slurs on the flyer which the Campus Police Association distributed during Parents' Weekend, but I assert that the racism within the flyer is more indirect than direct. It singles out a group of people by the way its members dress.
It's known that the gangs named on the flyer wear the colors mentioned, but I have friends who dress the same way who are not gang members. Descriptions such as the one on the flyer for the Corbett Street gang "who don't wear any definitive colors" lead people to possibly believe that someone dressed similarly to the other gangs could be a gang member.
I too support the Campus Police in their efforts for a new contract, but I think that the method they chose in getting our attention did more harm than good. The warning should have been presented in a manner that would not have offended anyone. They probably did not mean to offend anyone; it was not intentional.
I believe that quite a few people on campus feel the way Wambold feels, and they need to understand that racism does not need to be displayed in 50-foot letters in pink neon to be acknowledged. Implicit racism is just as wrong as explicit racism. I believe that instances of implied racism from the "gang-warning" flyer come from not realizing that any students who dress that way could be included.
Hopefully, now that the controversy is clearer, I'd like to make another point.I suggest that Wambold look at the facts before making accusatory statements about the intentions of members of our administration. After reading this letter, he might be able to understand their concerns, and send them letters of apology retracting what he accused them of in his letter.
Danny Robinson '91->