Protesters bring attention to 'racism' at Floyd County school sporting event


by WHAS11

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 12:01 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Those with the Justice Resource Center in Louisville headed to New Albany on Wednesday. Their mission is to bring attention to what they call racism within the Floyd County schools at a sporting event.

The issue dates back to earlier in 2013 where a so called "black out" at a middle school basketball game took on a different tone in the eyes of some.

 “It was not only degrading, not only was it insulting it was racist to dress up the way they did they portrayed themselves as monkeys a baboon and different notes on themselves that they were against African-American people,” Mattie Jones, with the Justice Resource Center, said.

The "black out" with Highland Hills Middle School student was supposed to be about showing off school colors and school spirit as they took on Parkview Middle School.

But masks were worn by some of the students that those with the Justice Resource Center say was racist towards African Americans.

Jones and other concerned residents protested Wednesday morning outside New Albany Floyd County School offices.

Saying they wanted the district to do more - discipline students, have more diversity training and more diversity in upper leadership of the district.

Those with the school district say they've handled and are handling the matter by talking with students and using this as a teaching tool of what may be offensive to some.

The school district has already met with the NAACP, and feels that some of the issues were resolved.
Wednesday’s protest by the Justice Resource Center was a surprise to administrators.