Confederate monument draws array of opinions – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: The entire community need to know the whole history of the statue in question. The statue had 4 corners and they were damaged. After they were damaged they were taken to a secured location. So what the community is seeing with the statue is not the whole truth because they don’t know the whole history of the statue. The questions I have are: Confederate Monuments The W’s – Why were they erected? When were they erected? Who erected them? What purpose do they serve today as it relates to all races? Folk need to know that the talk about the statue didn’t just begin last year but has been a topic of discussion over the years. It was a topic simply because it was damaged years ago so someone had an issue with the original statue. During the discussion some folk wanted to change the narrative and talk about other things such as there are more issues important than the statue to them. Well deal with the statue it is on the table now and limit the discussion strictly to that. Let folk make suggestions to what is more important to them however those issues need to be decided upon if they are actually racial issues or just issues because they have a problem with people who run the town, issue with taxes, utilities and other.

The word ‘hopeful’ was the consensus coming out of a Tuesday meeting in downtown Rocky Mount about the Confederate monument on Falls Road.

“We’ve had an honest, raw discussion about race and look outside the door — the world did not come to an end,” said Willie Ratchford, president of WPR Consulting, which was called in by city officials to host a series of meetings on the issue.

The crowd of about 56 people who attended the meeting in the Booker T Theater was as diverse in race, gender and age as were the opinions bantered back and forth.

At the beginning of the meeting, Ratchford mixed up the crowd from their original seating and separated everyone into nine tables to make sure different voices were heard by everyone. Each table was asked to discuss compelling questions about the monument.

A lot of folks, mostly white, said the monument represented history and shouldn’t be taken down — while others . . . (Read more)