c) Personal invitations
Rather than take the general dissemination of fliers as a definitive statement of a non-exclusionary policy, however, we sought to determine whether any minorities had been personally invited to attend a Roundup. We identified at least fifty-four non-whites, including over twenty blacks, who were specifically invited to attend a Roundup by one or more friends or colleagues. [ / We did not just accept a person's claim that they had invited a minority person to a Roundup. We asked them to identify these individuals and then sought to speak to as many of these alleged invitees as possible to confirm that they were invited. ] Some of these invitations were made by Rightmyer and other Roundup leaders, a noteworthy fact because they were responsible for setting invitation policies. The numbers demonstrate that minorities were not invited to the Roundup with the same frequency as whites; however, various external factors, such as the historically low number of African American and other minority law enforcement agents in the region, may have affected this result.