Check this dude out. It is okay for them to go to Rocky Mount City Council meetings and act on what the newspaper printed but when I challenge him on what he says he can’t handle it.
Curmilus Butch Dancy II you called out this group on your blog (and Warren Daughtridge specifically). I challenge you to find anything in this group that is anything but good for our city. Caren and I have diligently managed posts in our group to maintain an environment of positivity. We are exclusively about creating dialogue and helping others. If you, or any other members, find any content that you feel is contrary to this purpose, please report it. We will evaluate and take immediate action.
Here you go Mr Dancy:Thanks for sending me an invite in Messenger from your personal page however I would have thought the invite would have come from the Group Page since it is a place to invite folk.
• I tried but couldn’t figure out a way to do it.
Me: So you didn’t see this on your page?
I know I received the invite because I mentioned LoveRockyMount on my page about the group being quiet but you and some others would say not so. But if you were not quiet in regards to what I mean by being quiet folk would have forwarded me what was going on.
• I am not sure I understand the question. We are constantly working to bring people together. Current members of this group are supporting a summer camp and discussing ways we can disperse much needed clothing and household goods when needs arise.
Me: That was not a Question. But this makes no sense. Summer camp really? Ways to disperse much needed clothing and household goods when needs arise? Really? I didn’t see that in your mission.
I find this post, I assume stating why and how the group was formed to be quite interesting. You say “Caren and I created LoveRockyMount during a troubled time in our city’s history.”
What time and what are you speaking of?
• Just a few months ago. We began to read about issues (perceived or otherwise) with our City Manager and her administration, along with other things. We decided to go to the next City Council meeting to listen for ourselves.
Me: Really so what are your findings on the City Manager and her administration along with other things? You came and joined in so what have you accomplished?
You say, Citizen’s are bitter and seething anger is lurking just below the surface everywhere. I heard a gentleman (Samuel Battle) speak at a council meeting and was instantly convicted that there must be a solution.
So what did Samuel Battle say that sparked you, you got to remember?
• I remember like it was yesterday. He passionately described life on the street for kids in his neighborhood and throughout his city. He presented a plea to the council to put focus on ending the violence and helping the kids. I did not grow up with that around me. I can’t relate to it personally but I can sympathize/empathize. I can try to make a difference.
Me: How can the council end violence? They are not police however they have a Police Department so the thing to do would have been to met with the Police Department to see how he could help them. The council have things in place to help kids. So how do you plan to make a difference?
So who are the other citizens?
• I think “other citizens” are people of all walks, throughout the community. I sense anger throughout our city and on both sides of the tracks. Listen to conversations around you. Read on a multitude of facebook pages. Listen in City Council meetings. There is heated debate and seething anger. Don’t get me wrong, we should foster civil debate and open dialogue. Taking pot shots and delivering thinly veiled messages on Facebook or in Council speeches aren’t going to help at all. They tear down and not build up.
Me: What I have seen is a bunch of ANGRY Caucasians come to the meetings talking about things and they have not validated anything they have said. Name me one thing that they have accomplished. These conversations ain’t new the fight began in 2003 and has been ongoing because of the Black Majority Council and now that the Department Heads, Police and Fire Chiefs are Black the ANGER has reached an all-time high. Civil debate? The council meetings is not a place for debate but open dialogue is and has been allowed during Public Comments but when the Caucasians began the attack game, when Andre and Reuben responded to them the Caucasians then wanted to become the VICTIM. They took a lot of mess before they began responding to the attackers. I am glad they have said they ain’t taking anymore. What tickles the heck out of me is you say you stand for this and that but I have not seen you call out any of the Caucasians when they were in the attack mode.
Reaching out and creating dialogue with others that aren’t “in your normal group” and starting projects to help others throughout the city are what we hope this group of people will be about and rally behind.
Me: Now this is too funny. You sent me a Friend Request for you personal page several months ago but then after I questioned you you Unfriended me. Dude please!
So what are the projects?
• Read the recent recap on FB. They are there. Today we helped someone is dire need. Within minutes we privately collected enough money to help feed a family following a tragedy. Details are private and not for publishing. I will tell you in person if you would like more.
Me: Oh no we don’t need to talk in person you say this is what this page was for can’t you talk about the good things you say you are doing?
Me: I want to hear more about the BEACH TRIP that you have not mentioned. I want to hear what you have to say because I have talked to some Blacks and Whites and I find it interesting no photos and no talk about the trip.
Calling people names, living in the past, blaming others for their current situation, none of these are going to help us move forward.”
Me: Your Special C friends are the ones who began the name calling. We ain’t living in the past and that is what is wrong. Those living in the past would not be having this type of discussion with a Caucasian because they would be scared for the job, retaliation against their children in the school system and for their life. You see we ain’t scared because we will stand for our respective place in this society. Tell me how calling you and the others Special C is name calling and what is negative and racial about that?
I agree but what tickles me is when certain folk begin the name calling and myself and some others respond to them they become the victim.
You say, “Understanding that God created each and every one of us in his own image is an amazing concept to me. Knowing that we are commanded to love one another, no matter the situation is too. I know that most of the members of this group are Christians and share these ideals and charges. I want to make sure every knows that LoveRockyMount is not affiliated with any religious organization. We intend to keep LoveRockyMount omniracial, omnicultural, omnigender, omniwhatever… The idea is to bring people of all walks together and find common ground.”
Me: If you were truly about bringing folk together why did you Unfriend me? Oh because you didn’t want to hear them trues because I didn’t do anything to you but challenge you. Matter of fact tell me why you Unfriended me.
But what tickles me is some of these same folk are on other pages showing their true colors but they are suppose to be different on this page. Really!
• I can’t help what other people do on other pages or in their life in general. All I can do is try to reflect the perfect image of Christ, knowing I will fall short but going to bed at night knowing I gave it my best.
Me: So that is what we do as Black folk too!
You say, “Don’t get me wrong, Caren and I are devout Christians, Baptist to boot. We put our faith in Christ many years ago and have attempted to walk the Christian walk since. We hope and pray that many Christian organizations will get involved in some of the projects that are developed by members of this group and will use it as an opportunity to witness to those who are in need, but, this group isn’t our second Sunday School Class.”
But why would someone like myself want to work with these folk are on the other pages talking about certain folk but when other folk do the same and call them out, they like myself get blocked. I ain’t mad because they blocked me but it tickles me when these same Christians on this page participate in the discussion there and do not call their Christian friends out when they are attacking certain folk.
• If I took that same approach, I would never leave the house.
Me: I don’t have to bow down to you and this group, I have been doing what I do since the late 80’s being a voice for the young and the elderly.
Every group of people will have some that are in it for themselves or to be distractions or disruptions. Again, all I can do is the try as hard as I can to do unto others as I would have them do unto me.
Me: And that is what we do as Black folk when the Special Cs come after us. Dude really?
You say this page is not,
A political forum
Really but that is where it began per this post. I am totally confused but not totally ignant!
It appears there is more going on than meets the eye such as maybe more communication going on behind the scenes. From what I have read on the page, I am trying to figure out how I fit in.
• You will fit in if you want to begin a dialogue with people that don’t look the way you do or think the way you do. I truly believe this is healthy for you, the other person and society in general.
Me: Really! I have started out with Caucasians, Black Folk and others in the late 80’s with a group by the Name of Black Workers for Justice that was housed right across from the Most Talked About White Church located right there at the Event Center. I laugh every time a Special C say the church was recently moved there when it was moved there from Spring Hope given to a Black Pastor from a Caucasian Ministry. I joined the NAACP in 1992 it was Black, Caucasians and others. I know where I fit in and that is not with this group since it has a mission statement of one thing but the real dialogue is in your offline meetings. I will decide if I want to stay in. I had no intentions of ever joining but since you sent me an invite I said I think I will join.
The second way to fit in is to jump in when we uncover a need. There are all kinds of communications going on behind the scenes from individual groups that have either formed from LRM or come to us for help.
Me: This is hilarious to think that there are not groups that I am affiliated with that take cover of needs that is what I do. You are ab so damn lute ly right about communications going on behind the scenes and that is where I would fit in but that is where I will not get invited.
But I will stick around for a little while since I was invited to see what pops up.
I seen one post if I am correct that was political where a candidate posted and I liked to have made my post political but maybe I was just seeing things.
• No idea on this one. If you see a post that you believe is not in keeping with our purpose, please notify me and I’ll have a look.
Me: It is there and more have been added since I commented here. Again the purpose is confusing because you say it began for one reason came out of a political meeting but then to say this group is not about politics when you have talked about Politics throughout your response to me which validated my point. Oh you want me to be your Watch Dog for the group? Nope I am going to fit in with their discussion and say what I want to.
Warren Daughtridge thanks for the invite.
Again thanks for the invite!
Warren Daughtridge Curmilus Butch Dancy II I am amazed that even simple, rational, thoughtful responses can be twisted so grotesquely. This isn’t the forum for your rants. When you want to join with a great group of citizens trying to help rather than divide, let me know.
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