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Miller County residents protest local newspaper for being "racist"

Protesters gather outside of Miller County Liberal (Source: WALB) Protesters gather outside of Miller County Liberal (Source: WALB)
Ariel Rojales, Co-Organizer (Source: WALB) Ariel Rojales, Co-Organizer (Source: WALB)
Racism versus Democracy newspaper clipping (Source: WALB) Racism versus Democracy newspaper clipping (Source: WALB)
Miller County Liberal (Source: WALB) Miller County Liberal (Source: WALB)
Brantley Lane, Protester (Source: WALB) Brantley Lane, Protester (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT, GA (WALB) -

Main Street in Colquitt is once again quiet after protests earlier Friday.

Protesters walked from the Miller County Courthouse to the Miller County Liberal newspaper.

It was in protest of what they say are racist material.

Fifteen Colquitt residents gathered outside the Miller County Liberal to protest what they say are racist articles and editorials.

Ariel Rojales is one of the organizers. She wants to bring awareness to what she says has been going on in Miller County.

"The articles he posted are degrading and they put our county in a bad light. They don't represent us in the right way and they say things that are really hurtful," said Rojales.

Rojales is talking specifically about articles from the past six years she's lived here. 

This one titled Democracy versus Racism was submitted by someone outside the newspaper. It tells an anecdote of a young African American boy asking his mom about democracy. She replies quote white folks work every day, so we can get our benefits. 

"It's for the kids too, because I don't want kids to read this and think that what he posted is okay," explained Rojales.

Rojales is concerned with the message her two children are learning at a young age.

"I don't want kids to read this and think there's something wrong with being black because there's nothing wrong with that," said Rojales.

Another protester, Brantley Lane has lived in Miller County for his entire life. 

He says growing up he saw the KKK on Main Street. Now he wants future generations to be educated about racism. 

"And now this sends a reflection to kids and they don't know who to follow. The people, they don't know what to believe," explained Lane.

These protesters said they have stopped reading the paper altogether, but see articles shared on Facebook.

Terry Toole is the editor and publisher of the paper.

We reached out to him several times on Friday and earlier this week and did not hear back.

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