LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MU Clery releases perpetuate stereotypes

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 1:04 p.m. CDT; updated 2:26 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm a junior as well as the Legion of Black Collegians Student Government communications chair and a general body member of the NAACP Collegiate Chapter. But titles and involvement aside, I am also an African-American female. I have noticed, but more so it has been brought to my attention by many of my peers, that the MU Clery releases do not adequately describe assumed perpetrators, specifically African-American males.

Students feel many stereotypes are perpetuated in these releases, and they have been quite upset about its frequency. Quite frankly, a lot of African-American males on this campus could fit the description mentioned, however, not all of them have supposedly done the crime.

So my question is this: Do we continue to allow the releases to continue perpetuating these stereotypes, or do we insist that Clery releases include more identifiable information (e.g., tattoos)?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Jamie Crockett is a broadcast journalism major at MU.

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