'We Want Justice': Homewood-Flossmoor Students Walk Out, Protest Over Black Face Social Media Posts

Mike Krauser
April 30, 2019 - 2:09 pm
Homewood-Flossmoor Students Protest Over Black Face Social Media Posts

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School walked out of class Tuesday in a protest over fellow students’ social media posts showing them in black face and making disparaging remarks about black students.  

Police blocked access to the school, while activists and parents gathered across Kedzie Avenue in a CVS parking lot.

Students poured out of the school at noon, chanting "we want justice" and marched. The group was filled with students of all races, coming together to make a statement.

Some parents WBBM Newsradio spoke with were not satisfied with the statement made by administrators, who condemned the behavior of the students and said they're handling the situation. 

Dr. La’Shawn Littrice is a parent of a junior at Homewood-Flossmoor.

"If you look at the bigger picture, how many instances of blackface been a public issue in the last six months? For a child to do that and say they don't know about it, or they have never heard about it, I am not sure if that's possible," she said.

She was not pleased to hear the District say the students involved, and their parents, have been spoken to and they are handling the issue.

"I want to see the students expelled," Dr. Littrice said. "I want to see the same measure of discipline done that we have seen done to our black children."

Homewood-Flossmoor Students Protest Over Black Face Social Media Posts
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Activist Carolyn Ruff traveled from the North Side of Chicago to be at the walkout. 

"I do applaud them, because that's sending a message to the school that there is something wrong," she said.

The student body is 70-percent black. One parent noted most students get along fine without racial problems.