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Demonstration over racial injustice takes place in Monticello

The fight against racial injustice continues in the state of Indiana including in rural Monticello. Many there say it starts with education and communication. News 18's Marvin Bills spent the evening in Monticello and spoke to many of the demonstrators and shares their reaction.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 11:28 PM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"All we are trying to do tonight is uphold the constitution that all men are created equal, liberty and justice for all, that's all we are trying to do," said London Griesey. 

19-year-old Monticello native London Griesey organized the demonstration. She wanted to keep the same message on racial injustice, but a different call to action.

"You have to become an informed voter and vote for people that will promote policies that will fix our broken institutions," said Griesey.

Griesey had a voter registration table set up for those who weren't registered to vote. She didn't do it all alone. With the help of her friends who gave speeches such as Kiara Johnston she was able to get a message across peacefully.

"I know a lot of people who have these biases and they are just like overtly and I think it's important for the community to see that, especially the younger people, definitely want change," said Johnston. 

Johnston said even in rural Indiana, there are people who fight for inclusivity and fight against racism.

"We just want there to be a change and for people to become aware of what's happening cause I know I wasn't aware for a longtime," said Johnston. "So I want to be a part of something that makes people aware."

"We've been living in Monticello I want to say since about 2007-08," said Kris Goodlow. 

For brothers Kayvion Jackson and Kris Goodlow, spreading awareness is especially important to them.

"Just knowing that like they don't see the side or perspective that I have," said Jackson. 

"It's not just my skin color, I'm just as, looking at you or looking at you, I'm just the same as looking at you," said Goodlow. 

Even though there were other people standing across from the demonstration such as April Hill, she said many of them had the same message.

"Don't make the assumption," said Hill. "Don't make it out of you and me. Don't make that assumption. Get out of your comfort zone and go talk to someone."

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