Letter to editor: Rocky Mount Racial Issues But It Is Okay As Long As Folk Talk About It

It is obvious that Rocky Mount has been divided between the tracks you have a Nash side and an Edgecombe County side.

It is obvious that many white folk moved out of the city limits of Rocky Mount moved West towards Raleigh oh but just outside of Rocky Mount to Nash County. What one would call is white flight I believe. Well why did they move? But don’t think that it is all whites that moved because many blacks have moved in that direction also. I don’t think anyone is mad with them.

My problem is these folk made some choices but I think some of them have a problem with the choices of some of the folk who still live in the city. Some of these folk who live in the city want to see the city progress but those who have moved want to micromanage what those who still live in the city does. Those who have moved want things done when they want it done, how they want it done and where they want it done. Some complain about taxes. Well everything comes with a price.

During the 1st Rocky Mount City Council Meeting for the month of November in the Committee of the Whole Meeting it was a presentation done by the Rocky Mount Human Relation Commission to further address the racial divide and future issues that may arise in the city. It is amazing that the naysayers who are against everything that the Rocky Mount City Council/Government does, they didn’t talk about that presentation in the local paper and on local tv simply because they don’t want to deal with racial issues. But there was no emphasis put on the presentation in the paper so therefore since these folk don’t attend the meetings, they don’t know all that really goes on in the meetings unless I video them and share them on YouTube. I did but again no discussion on it.

The Rocky Mount Human Relations are putting together a group of folk that will receive some training to deal with racial issues. I think this is going to be a good thing. The HRC should be the leader in the city to host discussions on racial issues. In my opinion this has not been done over the years as a priority. It will be interesting to see how the naysayers will only continue to participate in the discussions about racial issues by just doing it commenting on articles in the local paper or on the local tv along with some other social media sites. Many of these folk hide behind code names because they are not bold enough to stand on what they believe in publicly. So will these folk attend the HRC meetings? Absolutely not because they will not be able to hide behind code names and use codes to push their racial agendas.

Although the Confederate Flag/Monuments was a hot topic recently, that is not a new issue but just like other issues that are not dealt with they continue to come and go.

I would say that although there are many racial issues in Rocky Mount I strongly feel the Rocky Mount Council/Government is the main topic of the racial divide. It appears that some folk have serious issues with the council being a 4 – 3 black majority. These same folk have a problem with black folk being in top positions within the city. But what is wrong with that? Over the years I have always heard go to school and be productive. These folk have met the criteria so why they can’t do their jobs without unnecessary criticism being thrown at every move they make?

I strongly believe that the majority of the folk in Rocky Mount isn’t against the Rocky Mount City Council/Government but they just don’t comment for fear of the negative comments that they read after they do something to enhance the city.

It is past time that some folk get over the fact that the measure of progress in the city should not be measured by the racial makeup of the Rocky Mount City Council/Government but should be measured by their works.

Curmilus Dancy II, Blogger
Pinetops, NC

Rocky Mount City Council Meeting Get Involved


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Monday, December 11 in Rocky Mount, NC       

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers (3rd Floor)

Frederick E Turnage Municipal Building

331 S. Franklin Street

Rocky Mount, NC  27802



What Is It?  The Fair Housing Act (FHA) combats discrimination and promotes the replacement of patterns of segregation with integrated and balanced living patterns. Rocky Mount and towns in the Twin Counties region have engaged in an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).   The AFH process requires broad citizen participation and requires local governments to take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. Thanks to the participation of residents, the City has completed an AFH with new tools and programs that have the potential to positively change the state of underserved neighborhoods that have suffered from years of blight and disinvestment.


Why Your Participation Is Important:

The presence of a significant number of residents from underserved communities at this City Council meeting will remind elected officials of their accountability to their tax-paying residents at a time when dynamic downtown development activity could have a significant impact on the future character and integrity of our neighborhoods.








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