Noting that the float carrying the man who gave out the doll had a sign on it that read “Krewe of Family and Friends,” Fairconeture has demanded an apology from the offending party. The Krewe of Nereids, however, claims it has no affiliation with the man in a statement posted on Facebook.


“The Nereids organization does not condone or agree with this behavior and has never approved of or supported any offensive conduct in the past, nor will such offensive conduct and racially divisive acts be tolerated or excused now or at any time in the future,” the organization wrote.

For her part, Fairconeture refuses to allow this incident to break her daughter’s spirit.


“We’re trying to keep her lifted and let her know that this is OK,” she said. “And to let other people know that if this happens to them, they need to say something.”

She also noted that her family has received an outpouring of support; not only from friends and family, but from organizations such as the NAACP, the Boys and Girls Club, the local school district, and a representative for the state.


Fairconeture also made it clear that no matter what her daughter and family face, “we don’t run from trials in life.”

The Bay St. Louis Police Department is requesting that anyone with information that could aid their investigation please contact them at 228-467-9222.