ANDERSON, Ind. —
He said one of the forms the new, subtle racism takes is a renewed movement for segregation in schools. Even with compulsory integration since the 1960s, many schools are predominately one race. Today, vouchers are available for parents who want their children in charter or private schools, proliferating a new segregation, he said.
“It starts young. We need to raise our children together so we can start understanding one another. And that needs to be a discussion at home early on, to treat everyone equally,” Edwards said.
The Martin case grabbed the attention of local law enforcement, particularly officers like Anderson Police Department’s Chad Boynton, who coordinates the Neighborhood Crime Watch program in the city’s five districts.
He said the case sparked a need to discuss and clarify the role of citizens in the watch program at monthly meetings around the city.
“The purpose is to be vigilant, keep eyes and ears open and report any suspicious activities to the police,” Boynton said. “We aren’t asking anyone to put themselves in danger or confrontations. Being an active member also doesn’t give you police powers.”
In a time when resources are at a premium, programs like Neighborhood Crime Watch are as important as ever, he said. They provide a link between law enforcement and the community and keep police up to date on real issues in neighborhoods.
“We’re always wary and conscientious of that danger. If there’s ever an issue, we try to resolve that as fast as possible. Every problem we’ve had in the past has been easily remedied,” Boynton said.
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Today's rallies Two public rallies are scheduled for today in conjunction with civil rights issues. Unity Leadership Coalition The Unity Leadership Coalition will sponsor a Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Rally in conjunction with National Action Network's "100 Cities Across America Rally for Civil Rights." When: Noon to 1 p.m. today Where: Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St. The Unity Coalition is an advocacy group comprised of various civic, religious and community based organizations in the Anderson area. For information, call 617-0059 or 810-3933. Friends of Trayvon "Friends of Trayvon" has scheduled a peaceful rally. They will meet in front of and march around the Madison County Government Center for one hour in protest of "Stand Your Ground" laws. When: 10 a.m. today Where: Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St. Those participating are asked to not block sidewalks by stepping aside and respectfully allowing others to pass and to not block the entrance to the government center.