Little Rock-Based Group Plans Protest of ASU's Mascot Before Tonight's ASU-UALR Basketball Game

JANUARY 9, 2006 - Posted at 12:27 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Little Rock-based group known as the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) plans to protest "Arkansas State University's continued use of American Indian imagery and culture for mascots" tonight outside the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, before a Sun Belt Conference basketball game between ASU and Arkansas-Little Rock.

The protest is set to begin at 6 p.m. outside UALR's new on-campus arena, while the game is slated to tip-off at 7:05.

CAR Director Randi Romo told K8 News that she's unsure of how many of the organization's members will participate in the protest.  "I'm not certain.  This flu bug has hit us pretty hard," she said.  "But rest assured we will have people out there."  Romo says the organization has about 600 members statewide.

A news release from CAR says "ASU's Indian Family is a racist stereotype."

"We've attempted to negotiate with ASU about this for several months," said Romo, who explained that ASU's Board of Trustees has refused to meet with her group.