SCHUYLER – Racism surrounds small communities in Nebraska, according to at least one high school official who says he’s seen the problem up close.
Recently the Schuyler Central High School athletic director wrote a column talking about what his students go through during athletic events and on a daily basis.
Jim Kasik has seen this happen for a long time, but something triggered him to write the column to help the word spread out.
“I think just over this year we saw maybe an increase [in racism] and just wanted to maybe give a perspective for others to see what our kids go through. Maybe not at every contest but on a regular basis more than they should and maybe shut some light on the situation and hopefully because of that people will think a little bit before they say or do things,” Kasik said.
After writing his column Kasik is surprised with all the positive feedback he has been getting.
“I never thought when I wrote that short piece that so many people would take some positive things from it. It’s been kind of overwhelming at times but the number of things that people have gone out of their way to say positive things about our community and other communities I think is an indication there’s far more people with the right frame of mind out there,” Kasik added.