Protesters demonstrate at the Change the Mascot Rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protesters believed the name Washington Redskins was offensive to Native Americans.
For over 50 years, the Community Relations Service has supported communities across the country and in the United States territories as they respond to tension and conflict related to differences in race. CRS works with local and state officials, public and private schools and universities, community groups, and law enforcement to ease tension and help communities create sustainable and mutually acceptable mechanisms for combatting conflict based on race. CRS supports communities facing racial tension by:
- Aiding law enforcement, community leaders, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies in discussing perceived inequities and bias-based policing against community members of various actual or perceived race and developing policies and procedures for alleviating community tensions;
- Assisting law enforcement and community members with resolving tensions and improving police-community relations when conflict based on race creates conflict;
- Helping law enforcement, community representatives, city officials, and demonstration organizers when protests and counter-protests are planned on racial issues; and
- Providing trainings and facilitating dialogues with administrators, staff, teachers, and students at schools and universities to increase understanding of individuals of different races and to address bullying and hate issues.
The examples below demonstrate work CRS has done with communities experiencing tension based on race in the past. Additional summaries can be found within CRS's Annual Reports, which are located on the CRS Resource Center webpage.