Racial awareness goal of Rowan program

By DENISE JEWELL, Staff Writer

GLASSBORO -- Racial profiling is a "poison" that affects everyone and needs to be eliminated, several community activists said Tuesday.

"Racism is about fear and racism is about power, in my judgement," said Regina Waynes Joseph, an attorney who has written about African American issues.

People of all races, Joseph said, need to be aware of the problems of racial profiling and stop teaching hate.

"The issue is that if we don't come together as a people ... we are going to destroy ourselves," Joseph said.

Joseph and several other African American community leaders spoke to about 150 people at Rowan University for Black History Month Tuesday morning.

Reverend Stanley Justice, the chairman of the New Jersey Black Ministers Council Political Action Committee, said the state needs to weed out police officers and departments that engage in racial profiling.

"What we're finding out is that there are more bad troopers than we thought," Justice said. He said state lawmakers also need to make sure laws against racial profiling need to trickle down to local government.

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Date Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 (All day)