After racist fliers, mass shootings, group discusses racism

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, In. (WEHT) — Discussion about racism took place in the Tri-State in the wake of last weekend’s deadly mass shootings.

This comes as administrators at USI investigate racist fliers left on cars in the school parking lot.

Wednesday, a group met in Evansville to discuss racism in the community and the country head-on.

The group met in a small room at Central Library at 7 p.m.

“There’s racist behavior in Evansville,” said John Blair. “USI today? That was just appalling to me.”

The most recent racist behavior: those fliers at USI, found on cars, advocating for a white supremacist, anti-semitic, anti-christian group that believes in a racial holy war.

That is just one reason Evansville’s Southern Indiana Democracy for America chose “racism” as its monthly topic on Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of talk about Democrats and Republicans. About the President’s rhetoric,” says Evansville resident Jim Love.

As USI investigates and employees discuss the fliers on social media, another discussion took place just miles down the road.

The forum to address racism is designed to be a moderated, “robust” conversation.

“It seems to me,” says Love, “that over the last 20 years or so, that politicans: black, white, Republican, Democrat, male female; have all strived to lift people that come into this country to a status above citizens of the United States.”

“White male privilege,” says Sondra Matthews. “Why do white men think they’re the ones to be the leading population in North America, in Europe? In Australia?”

There were about 14 people in attendence, and attendees were predominantly white.

This group meets every month to discuss tough topics and news, and many of them know each other.

“If people really want to have something to say, they’ve got to say it,” says Blair.

But as far as Wednesday’s topic discussion, there seemed to be one thing universally agreed on:

“I always believed that education is the main thing that will take away ignorance and I think a lot of us have not been properly educated about who we are,” Matthews says.

“Dialogue’s needed for almost every issue, because if all the ideas aren’t out on the table… the best ones will never emerge.”

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