Good O' Boy Roundup Report - March, 1996

e) OIG findings regarding Roundup
invitation policies

Our investigation of the invitation process revealed no evidence of an institutional intention to cause the Roundup to be a whites-only event. Although personal relationships in various offices or even racial animosity in particular offices may have resulted in specific individuals not being personally encouraged to attend the Roundup, we found no evidence that the process as directed by Rightmyer caused these individual decisions. Importantly, as we have seen in Stewart's case, the racist activities that did occur at some Roundups produced a reluctance among whites to encourage African Americans to attend for fear that similar events might recur.