The Rocky Mount NAACP requests that the Confederate Statue that has been prominently displayed on the Falls Road corridor be removed and placed on private property where those who care to view it and meditate on its meaning can do so without impacting the larger population. Allowing these statues to remain on our main streets and highways, in public squares and in front of courthouses and town halls, tell everyone that Americans today publicly support the violent lynching, brutal rapes and intentional splitting up of black families so that rich, white landowners and other people who sought personal gain at any cost would profit at another human’s demise.
This entire line of reasoning is unjust, evil and delusional. For the above noted reasons, our organization, which was created by white and black women and men to fight and end the lynching of black men in 1909, opposed that thinking then and we actively oppose it now. We ask the Rocky Mount City Council to remove the statue now.
Presented by Curmilus Dancy, 2nd Vice-President