College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between October 5 - 12, 2015
An embarrassing episode of discrimination by the U.S. Forest Service in 2011 concluded this month with the introduction of a nationwide policy requiring officers to collect race data at traffic stops.
The new policy stems from a U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights ruling in favor of a Guatemalan woman who argued she and a partner were racially targeted in 2011 in the Olympic National Forest, 140 miles west of Seattle. The two were harvesting salal, an evergreen plant used in flower arrangements near the town of Forks, Wash. When stopped, the Forest Service law enforcement officer called U.S. Border Patrol for backup — a then-routine practice that is now banned because it was done under the guise of translation, but often resulted in detention and ultimately deportation.
Benjamin Roldan Salinas, an illegal Mexican immigrant, was with the woman and fled when Border Patrol agents arrived. He jumped into a frigid, swollen river and was found dead almost a month later downstream.
Race data collected by police nationwide has shown mixed success producing reform, said Charles Epp, a professor at Kansas University who recently wrote a book on the topic.
“Is it a useful tool to stop discrimination from happening? Not really, officers will do what they are directed to do,” Epp said. “But by comparing stop data across officers with the same assignments, you can see if someone stands out and can start a conversation. More data is a good thing.”
Additional media coverage includes:
- Topeka's Day of the Dead festival continues with art show, movie and street fair - Topeka Capital Journal
- Rock samples from Western US teach how to hunt for life on Mars - Space Daily
- "Hubble Space Telescope at 25: How Our Understanding of the Universe Has Changed" - LJWorld
- Chaffee Crossing Butterfly Garden Accepted Into Monarch Waystation Program - Times Record Online
- Two KU students receive prestigious scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation – University Daily Kansan
- Kansas budget director says poor September tax revenues could be an anomaly - Wichita Eagle
- From zero to performance in less than a day: A look back at the 24-Hour Play Festival at KU – University Daily Kansan
- Despite a lack of classes and groups, KU students and faculty express themselves through hip-hop – University Daily Kansan
- KU's Center for East Asian Studies promotes multicultural awareness through literature festival for young audience – University Daily Kansan
- Visiting professors talk about art process and inspiration during lecture – University Daily Kansan