CRS is prepared to assist communities experiencing tension related to actual or perceived color conflicts. Today, these conflicts are frequently viewed as the same or synonymous as those based on actual or perceived race. (Library of Congress Digital Archives)
When the Community Relations Service was first formed under Title X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, conflicts based on color occurred through the country with greater regularity. Today, conflicts involving actual or perceived color are often viewed as the same or synonymous with race. While CRS no longer encounters many conflicts based solely on color, it is still prepared to support those communities that experience tension related to actual or perceived color conflicts by:
- Assisting law enforcement and community members with resolving tensions and improving police-community relations when conflict based on color creates conflict;
- Providing technical assistance, best practices, and trainings to local, state, and federal governmental agencies, commissions, and organizations on preventing and responding to allegations of bias based on color; and
- Facilitating dialogues with students, faculty, and staff of schools where color based conflicts exist between members of the student body, and developing mechanisms to prevent outbreaks of violence and tension.
The following examples demonstrate how CRS has assisted communities experiencing conflict based on color. Additional examples are captured within CRS's Annual Reports, which are located on the CRS Resource Center webpage.