CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) – Matty Carrier, a 17-year-old senior at Central High School thought the current social climate was worth a conversation.
“We do have POC students that we know feel out of place and we wanted to create a safe space for them,” Carrier says.
She and a group of other students at her high school came up with a racial injustice group for just that reason. She says the purpose was to start a conversation about race in Central and what it means to be a minority at her school. She says it wasn’t meant to be political, just a safe space.
“That was one thing we wanted to make clear is that it wasn’t a black lives matter group because we knew how that would be perceived.”
Some Facebook users indicate a negative perception, and a political slant. The news of the group spread to social media where parents and community members could voice their opinions. One comment states “these types of meetings shouldn’t be allowed at school”, another comment charges racism, things Carrier says isn’t the point.
“I told her that there is a risk when you decide to speak out about something that isn’t necessarily popular . But she says it’s worth that risk and I completely understand that,” Candice Simien, Carrier’s mother says.
Carrier’s mom, Candice says she expected the backlash to her daughters group. She just hopes it doesn’t keep progress from happening at the school.