Ignant Column: Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount Petition To Remove Rocky Mount Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight Is Too Ignant!

It is a damn shame Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount has taken the video of the Rocky Mount City Council Meeting recorded by WHIG-TV and  began a petition on Change.org. The petition is misleading folks because nothing in it is cause for Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight to step down nor grounds for removal.

First of all Mayor Pro-tem Knight is not going to step down over ignant ass folks over at WHIG-TV and Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount mission. Their mission is baseless and racist in my opinion.

Let me break it down for you. The petition reads as follows:

Time and time again COUNCILMAN (MAYOR PRO TEM 2014)  ANDRE KNIGHT in WARD 1 has shown true UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR. His tone with the citizens, he continuously brings race into the equation, he has been arrested, he does not live in his ward, he has been caught in lies etc. PRACTICES that are UNPROFESSIONAL, UNETHICAL and are an EMBARASSMENT to NASH and EDGECOMBE COUNTIES!!!! In order to move forward we need to have him removed. Ask Mr. Knight to step down or BE REMOVED!

What law states that Knight can not talk about race?

He has been arrested? So what? Arrested for what? He was arrested in Raleigh during the Moral Monday where hundreds of folks have been arrested because they have protested the NC General Legislature. Just on Wednesday January 22 over 50 of those cases were dismissed. Even if the judge does not rule in Mayor Pro-tem Knight’s favor, the charge will only be a misdemeanor. Knight would have to be charged as a felon. so since the charges will not be a felony, he will not have to step down.

He does not live in his ward. Now in my opinion this is grounds for a lawsuit and I may be wrong. In my opinion this is defamation of character because the NC Court Of Appeals Ruled in Knight’s Favor when Roosevelt Higgs and the Edgecombe County Board of Elections filed a petition saying he didn’t live in Ward 1. Edgecombe County had to pay Knight’s attorney fees after he filed an appeal and won.

He has been caught in lies etc. What lies?

PRACTICES that are UNPROFESSIONAL, UNETHICAL and are an EMBARASSMENT to NASH and EDGECOMBE COUNTIES!!!! Who in the hell gave Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount the power to determine what is unprofessional, unethical and embarrassing when it comes to trying to define Mayor Pro-tem Knight? In my opinion this is racist as hell and all of the forward thinking folks, especially black folks who liked  Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount Facebook page ought to be blasting their page saying they do not appreciate the misleading information about Knight.

Hell I don’t have a problem with them being on a mission but just tell the truth. This petition is misleading and Mayor Pro-tem Knight ought to contact his lawyer to see if he can file a charge for defamation of character and harassment.

Ask Mr. Knight to step down or BE REMOVED! I ask Mayor Pro-tem/Rocky Mount NAACP President Andre Knight to continue to stand up and don’t let nothing and nobody turn you around.

It is a damn shame that Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount and WHIG-TV expect black folks to like their facebook pages but have the audacity to single out and try to silence one of our black leaders. I refuse to all allow them to do such without challenging them. Because I have challenged Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount before the petition was started, they blocked me from being able to post comments on their facebook page.

Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount petition to remove Rocky Mount Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight is too Ignant!

See related:

Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount Facebook Page Has Blocked Me From Commenting

Rocky Mount NC: In Response to “Civic Center Debate Should Focus On Red And Green” by Jeff Herrin Editor Rocky Mount Telegram


NC NAACP and Partners Urge DOJ to Dismantle School to Prison Pipeline in Wake County Public Schools



January 23, 2014


For More Information:  Atty. Jamie Cole, Public Policy Coordinator, 919-682-4700


For Media Assistance:  Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, 828-713-3864                      




RALEIGH – The North Carolina NAACP State Conference and local branches today appealed to the United States Department of Justice, urging them to investigate several public entities in Wake County, North Carolina over the treatment of African American youth and students with disabilities.  The civil rights groups filed a complaint highlighting a troubling pattern of civil rights and due process violations involving the Wake County Sheriff’s Department, Apex Police Department, Cary Police Department, Fuquay-Varina Police Department, Garner Police Department, Holly Springs Police Department, Knightdale Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, Wake Forest Police Department, and Wake County Public School System.

"For years, youth of color have voiced concerns over harsh treatment, excessive disciplinary practices and rogue police officers in schools throughout Wake County," said Rev. Dr. Portia Rochelle, President of the Raleigh-Apex Branch of the NAACP.  "In many cases, school and police officers met such pleas for help with callous indifference and resistance to change. As such, community organizations are stepping up efforts to protect and preserve our children’s right to a quality education free from discrimination and punitive school disciplinary policies that disrupt instruction time and push children on paths to the criminal justice system."

In addition to the North Carolina NAACP and its local branches, the complaint is brought by individual students supported by a broad-based coalition of youth, parent and community organizations  including Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC), Education Justice Alliance (EJA), Justice Served NC, and NC Heroes Emerging Among Teens (NC HEAT).The complaint is supported by legal and national groups including Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS), North Carolina Justice Center, Duke Children’s Law Clinic, NCCU Juvenile Law Clinic, University of North Carolina Juvenile Justice Clinic, Center for Civil Rights Remedies of the Civil Rights Project of UCLA, UNC Center for Civil Rights, ACLU, ACLU of NC Legal Foundation, Advancement Project, and Dignity in Schools Campaign

"I’ve never felt the cops at our schools were there to keep kids like us safe," said student leader Qasima Wideman, a member of Wake County youth organization NC HEAT. "I’ve seen several students arrested for minor offenses, watched police bring K9’s into the class for unannounced and unwarranted searches, etc. The adults around us should be working to keep us safe, not slamming our faces to the pavement or beating us with billy clubs," she added.

The complaint letter urgesthe school district and law enforcement agencies to, among other essential changes:

  • Adopt non-discriminatory policies and practices that define and limit the role of SROs, including revising and reforming Memorandums of Understanding between the school system and Wake County police agencies;
  • Develop alternatives to school-based referrals to the criminal justice system;
  • Collect and publish annual data regarding all aspects of school policing;
  • Implement meaningful community and student involvement and oversight protocol, and
  • Create a well-publicized complaint procedure to hold law enforcement officers accountable for misconduct related to school policing.

"We all want safe, high quality schools that care about our children and give them every opportunity to succeed," said Charles Upchurch, President of the Wendell-Wake County Branch of the NAACP.  "Yet, in Wake County, giving police free-reign in our schools, and the authority to discipline young children is closing the door of opportunity to countless youth with promising and bright futures," he added.

The harsh school disciplinary policies and the involvement of police in Wake County schools is especially harmful to Black and Brown youth. According to local and national data, Black and Brown kids are punished more frequently and more harshly than White kids for the same minor infractions. Research indicates African-American students are disproportionately referred to court for school-based misbehavior. Over the past 5 years, African-American students represent only 25% of the total Wake County Public School System student population, but have more than 74% of the school-based delinquency complaints.

"Police presence in our schools has gotten out of control," said student leader Tavon Bridges. I have witnessed helicopters and dogs at our school for things as simple as a student walking out of class. My school has been raided for drugs and it feels like we’re always under attack by the people who are hired to protect us," he concluded.

These policies come with a price tag, and penalties so stiff, children bear the consequences years after the initial punishment was doled out. Punitive school disciplinary policies and the presence of police in schools can lead to high dropout rates, lower academic achievement, students not getting the help they need, and too many kids pushed onto a pathway to prison. This issue is especially critical in North Carolina, one of only two  states that still treats all 16- and 17- year olds as adults in every situation, stamping them with criminal records at a young age and cutting off their ability to get good jobs and to go to college. According to the data:

  • Thousands of students under the age of 16 have been pushed out of school and into the juvenile justice system as a result of minor misbehavior in school. 
  • In 2011-2012 (the most recent year this data was made available), 90% of school-based citations filed against students under the age of 16 were based on allegations involving misdemeanor activity.
  • In 2012-2013, 42% of all complaints in Wake County originated from the school system.
  • Students over the age of 16 are sent directly into the adult criminal system for school-based misbehavior, yet NO agency (the WCPSS or law enforcement agencies) maintains data regarding how many students face criminal records as a result of minor misbehavior in school.

"All kids make mistakes," said Attorney Jamie Phillips Cole.  "It’s part of growing up.  We need to implement policies which help students learn from their mistakes. This will lead to safer classrooms that are better for learning."




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more than 160 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  


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