On the heels of racist and violent threats against black students at Mizzou, the NAACP is giving college students a direct line to report incidents of racism.
Students who receive racist threats can call 844-NAACP-HELP if they need assistance. Nimrod Chapel, president of the Jefferson City NAACP, told Huffington Post that students who didn’t feel comfortable going to the police should use that number.
“If you look at the history of the Civil Rights Movement, when concessions are made for equality and respect for human dignity, there have always been individuals who feel as though their liberty is being stifled,” Chapel said.
Chapel said it’s “unfortunate” the NAACP hasn’t been “at the forefront of this issue.”
“The students and concerned members of the University of Missouri have given us all a wake up call,” Chapel said.
The phone calls will be anonymous, and if the caller decides to involve the police, the NAACP will make sure the complaints are handled and investigated.