Apparently Canton was selected for addressing such issues as diversifying the labor force and funding services during the recession. Huh, diversifying what, who, Canton, Illinois? Does this mean it's time for black folks to run out and look at purchasing a home in Canton?
Not so fast... this is clearly one of those awards your application fee can buy...
Is Canton not the City where Police Chief Dan Taylor, has been accused of using racial slurs about blacks and a black child and then retaliating against former patrolman Rusty Graham (the white officer who confronted him); the City where a complaint was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and ruled to have merit?
Who is the National Civic League (NCL)?
...the National Civic League works directly with communities though the Community Services Program. This program provides professional technical assistance to communities that need help in bringing diverse constituencies together to solve common problems. NCL facilitators help bridge the sometimes serious gap between elected and appointed local government officials and community leaders through an array of services including conflict resolution, strategic planning, program implementation, performance measurement, charter reform, and diversity training.
One of the benefits of membership in NCL is the privilege to enter your town, city or county in NCL’s All-America City Award competition.
The NCL has a list of projects on their Community Services Project page, but Canton, Illinois is not listed as a community they are working with.
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