Basketball Team Refuses To Play On MLK Day After Teenagers Display A Trump Flag – News One

A predominately Black basketball team is refusing to play today — on MLK Day — due to entitled teenagers displaying a “Trump 2020: Keep America Great!” flag. The coach for the team is now speaking out.

Michael Walker coaches Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and wrote on Facebook, “I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team. We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” See below:

After the coach and the basketball team saw the flag,  they refused to play their scheduled game for today. (See more)

Timeline: Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney Under Fire Via Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Updated: I have found the City Manager to be very professional and she has been doing a great job in my opinion. However, I am not on the inside and not a council person but as an activist I am pleased with what I have seen. The haters have actually done her some good because she has been in the spotlight and the outcome has been Fa bu lous tastic!

I have not been a fan of the City Manager and has never held a conversation with her. It is just something about her. However she sounded very professional in the meetings that I have been in her presence. I support the good that folk do and I call them out on the mess they do. I have read stuff about her since her name was 1st mentioned about her being in the run for city manager. Someone said how did they hire this woman with her background? I said to the person so if you had a background would you not want someone to give you a chance? I said some folk change. You would think folk would change and not continue to do mess after being given another chance. I act on the facts as presented but I need to hear from everyone involved and also be able to match what they say to the policy and procedures. I hope to learn more about the allegations from now to Monday when the next council meeting.

City implements security measures Rocky Mount, N.C. 
Rocky Mount City Council Meetings On Youtube & Other Videoed By Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Last Update: July 5, 2020
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Mayor David Combs statement from Jan. 28 Rocky Mount City Council meeting: 
Tom Rogers, Mayor Pro Tem’s statement from Jan. 28 Rocky Mount City Council meeting:
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Rocky Mount City Council Committee of The Whole Special Called Meeting Today

The Gate Keeper response: Well looks like these upset folk are getting a taste of what black folk used to have to deal with. Now the times have changed. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against.  But I remember when white folk were in charge and all of the corrupt mess was going on. Didn’t have black media to expose them at the level the black folk are getting exposed. They took everything black folk had from the land to their ass be it man and woman. They don’t want to talk about the whole trues. Some folk got am ne sia. So I am just going to sit back and see how it all unfold.

Ab so lute ly! Packed out the wrong meeting. But that is what happens when folk are mislead. Didn’t attend because I know how politics works. I love it how folk are so easily mislead by 2 social media sites. Oh folk don’t want to hear these trues. But prove me wrong. Join me at the next meeting and be able to speak during Public Comments and to see what is discussed. Well!