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Beyond the Neighborhood Watch
Matthew C. Stelly, Conference Speaker

 

In July of 1971, Dr. William Cross published an article in Black World magazine called, “The Negro to Black Conversion Experience.” In that article he outlined five “stages” and levels of awareness involved in converting from “Negro” to “Black.” These are pre-encounter, encounter, immersion-emersion, internalization and internalization-commitment. The Triple One Neighborhood Association and Parents Union, located in the state of Nebraska’s only African-American community, believes that far too much attention, time and money is being spent on “Neighborhood Watch” programs when the crime rate is rising and when the area has more police patrolling it, per capita, than any other place in the state outside of the Indian reservation. What the author proposes places the neighborhood watch in its proper “defensive” perspective and offers up, instead, a strategy that is more “developmental.”


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