Enough Is Enough! Rocky Mount City Council Meetings

Another prime example of how Special Cs that think it is about White Privilege attended the council meeting attacking Andre and Reuben and then when they respond, these folk play victim.

These Special Cs come to meeting after meeting in the attack mode trying to discredit Andre and Reuben trying to get black folk to vote them out. They want to tell black folk who to vote for on those pages that they got me blocked from but they are talking about me there as well. Why? Because I am calling them out on my page and in the Telegram.
But then I have to respond to some black folk like
Grandmaz House, Gwen Wilkins and some others who come for me because I do what I do. Hell I do I what I do and you do what you do. I am going to continue to do what I do.

When are black folk going to say enough is enough and go to the meetings and speak like the Special Cs showing support for Andre and Reuben and then the entire council.
I understand some black folk are scared that they will be retaliated against in their workplace and some going after their children but I just don’t understand why black retired and folk that own their own businesses are silent.

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Buried HUD report cited fiscal woes – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A 2016 HUD consultant report swept under the rug by local officials at the time details how the city has been propping up the Rocky Mount-Edgecombe Community Development Corp.

Commissioned by the city, the report is a bleak assessment of the city’s Community Housing Development Organization funds known as CHDO. Conducted by the Minnesota Housing Partnership, the report was handed over to then-City Manager Charles Penny and the City Council.

After that, the report never saw the light of day.

The Telegram obtained the report from a whistleblower who also turned it over to State Auditor Beth Wood.

CDC Executive Director Joyce Dickens — recently appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the state’s Rural Infrastructure Authority — said she wasn’t given the report in 2016 and when the Telegram provided it to her last week, it was the first time she saw it. (Read more)

Councilman backs housing over parking – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rocky Mount Councilman Reuben Blackwell said he supports housing development on Tarboro Street and if he misspoke about knowledge of parking plans at the site, he’s only human.

Blackwell said in a meeting last week that he was unaware of plans to break a proposed agreement with Edgecombe Community College on downtown parking versus a housing project; but the real issue is the need for such housing.

“I stand by my position, my vote and my constituents on that location as the best site for this affordable, workforce housing development to help build the momentum of a beautiful, vibrant, diverse and economically beneficial downtown Rocky Mount that everyone can enjoy,” said Blackwell, who answered Telegram questions on the matter from Thursday on Friday morning after presstime for a report in today’s edition. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Dancy won’t be silenced – Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, April 21, 2019

There has been a lot of talk about my appointment on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. I was appointed by the NAACP.

Lindell John Kay asked me to talk to him about my appointment because I am not a citizen of Rocky Mount. I told him to talk to the NAACP and the Rocky Mount City Council about that. Councilman Andre Knight is also the president of the NAACP. Lindell got mad because I would not talk to him and did an open letter to me on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

On Monday, April 1, during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting, the council discussed boards and commissions appointments. After the boards and commissions appointments had been completed that were on the agenda, the mayor pro-tem brought up the issue with my appointment. Pam Casey, city clerk, explained what happened and that some appointments such as the NAACP’s and chamber’s has been done differently, not actually coming before the council for years. However, the problem here was because I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

I was removed from the commission due to a technicality. Councilman Knight responded to Councilman Rogers when he brought up the issue and said he had spoken to me and said I had no problem with whatever they did. But like I told Lindell, that was a council and NAACP issue because I didn’t appoint myself.

The problem is beyond the residency issue but more because I have been very vocal during the Human Relations Commission meetings, especially challenging a member Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson, and he didn’t like it and took it personal. I have also been very vocal in the Telegram, responding to Lindell’s articles about the Rocky Mount City Council members Andre Knight, especially, and the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Lindell has been trying to paint a negative picture of me because I talk about racial issues and because of how I respond to folk on social media pages that attack me. Because I say “Ignant Whte Folk,” “Ignant Safe Black Folk” and “Special Cs,” Lindell and his followers have just gone crazy. Is it really that serious?

Now the NAACP will appoint another person, however, I am going to still attend all the meetings and report on them like I do other meetings across the county.

Curmilus (Butch) Dancy II

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Councilman Reuben Blackwell Respond To Lindell Kay Reporter Rocky Mount Telegram Article, “Emails show intent about parking lots”

From: Reuben Blackwell

    To: Lindell Kay

     cc: Kyle Stephens; Gene Metrick; Tameka Norman; David Combs; Curmilus Dancy II

Hi Lindell,

Thanks for giving me an opportunity to address your questions. Thank you for showing me the email. I appreciate that you are trying to help me remember Council discussions and votes.

The email that you have selected to highlight is about present day reality with a live project and not about our original discussion and/or vote on the parking agreement with a past City administration. I asked you to bring any document to my attention that the Council has voted on with the College. Those are the discussions and vote that I do not remember. If they took place, then I’m more than willing to admit that my memory was not exact. I’m human and I do make mistakes as much as everyone else does! As I was making my comments about the “original agreement,” Lige Daughtridge held up a document. I said if I’m wrong about a discussion or vote at that time, then I did not remember. You can check my accuracy of recall on Curmilus’ video. I have not done that because I do not think that my recall is the issue or the crux of what is important.  I also told you when you approached me after the Council meeting, that maybe my memory was faulty, but my stance is still the same.

I think it’s also important to recognize several factors regarding the City Council’s vote about parking at this location and our relationship with Edgecombe Community College:

  1. The City of Rocky Mount and Edgecombe Community College have always, at least since my service on the Council, enjoyed a mutually beneficial and supportive relationship. The City has always looked for ways to support the College’s development and success in Downtown Rocky Mount. It was the City of Rocky Mount who enthusiastically embraced Dr. Lamm’s vision of a vibrant health education center in the heart of our City. It was the City of Rocky Mount who encouraged the College to consider tax credit financing to move the stalled project forward because we also recognized the need for health care infrastructure for the present and future growth and development of eastern North Carolina. And it was the City of Rocky Mount that assisted our friends and partners with Edgecombe County and the College with technical assistance and support all the way from concept to construction of the beautiful Lamm facility that our students and region are enjoying right now. In fact, I personally served on the Commission that the County appointed to build that very successful center!
  2. As an elected representative of the Rocky Mount City Council, my primary responsibility, loyalty and duty of care belongs to the people who reside in my Ward and the overall health of my City. I will support, advocate and vote for the best interests of the people and community that I serve to the best of my ability and that aligns with the vision that my constituents have and currently articulate.
  3. The discussions that you are referencing took place at a time where the needs of our Downtown and surrounding communities were different, as was the approach. Considering practices of equitable development, the City’s approach changed as our City’s needs evolved.  All of our discussion today seems to center around an agreement that was created without the benefit of considering present day context of multiple uses. We did not have the Event Center, we were not enjoying robust development downtown, the real estate market throughout the country was in a slump and we were wrestling in Rocky Mount with the lack of engagement about downtown from owners of properties in and around that area. If we had a project then that was bringing millions of dollars of investment to that location and benefited the people that could be students and employees of the College, then I would have definitely and enthusiastically supported that project then as I do now.
  4. Your allegations of “bait and switch” imply some nefarious context of ill will and misrepresentation of intent. That is your term, not my motivation. Not then and not now. You were present at the City Council Retreat in February when DFI presented their options, that this project would be an affordable, workforce housing development. You heard the statistics presented about need and even attested that this development would have been interesting to you if you had that option when you first moved to Rocky Mount. This development addresses the immediate crisis that hard working and retired citizens have in choosing great, affordable options for living and participating in Downtown. We must all be intentional in deeds as well as words in making space for citizens and visitors in an inclusive economy.
  5. I am still unclear about the protestations from anyone about why, at that location, affordable workforce housing would be a bad idea. Why wouldn’t anyone want to attract working families and individuals or retired citizens or veterans or struggling families who want to better themselves and live in a vibrant downtown community right across the street from an anchor institution that was designed and funded to benefit them?
  6. I’m certain that the City would be more than happy and motivated to help the College address their concern about lack of parking at other close and proximate locations.

I stand by my position, my vote and my constituents on that location as the best site for this affordable, workforce housing development to help build the momentum of a beautiful, vibrant, diverse and economically beneficial Downtown Rocky Mount that everyone can enjoy!

See article In Rocky Mount Telegram

Emails show intent about parking lots

Letter to the Editor: Racial understanding still elusive by Gardenia Hobbs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: You did a great job on the HRC. I attended the meetings back then and that is when I 1st met you. We served on the Common Ground Study Circles together as well and I totally agree with your observation. You are ab so lute ly correct, “This town, like so many others in this country, appears to have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo when it comes to bridging the racial divide. We hear a lot of talk about working together but it’s just that, talk. To my knowledge, there appears to be no interest on the part of anyone or any group to pick up the baton and organize a coalition to initiate ongoing frank and honest community dialogue that would promote racial tolerance and understanding that leads to improved race relations.”

Not so long ago it would not have been unreasonable to view racism as a smoldering ember, but today that ember has again been reignited.

The mere mention of the word racism brings on an onslaught of denials and finger-pointing from those who apparently feel they are judge and jury. Racism is ingrained in this country’s fabric at every level and injects itself into everyday decision-making that may or may not spark unconscious biases. No matter how you slice it or dice it, racism is real, it exists and it is not a figment of the imagination.

As a person of color, longevity has exposed me to all kinds of racism. I know it when I see or hear it and I do not need an interpreter. Indeed, my upbringing has served me well. It has been the foundation on which I have persevered even in the worst of times. Over the years, in my effort to rise above talk, I have participated in initiatives intended to help bring about tolerance and understanding of the views and life experiences of others. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

I Did Not Step Down From Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission Another Lie Coming From Lindell John Kay Rocky Mount Telegram Reporter

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Click On photo to watch video beginning at the time of the discussion about the NAACP Appointment.

This following is why one should attend the Rocky Mount City Council Committee of the Whole Meetings/Regular Monthly Meetings and/or talk to someone that was present but on top of that look at the video that I provide. But some folk will not take the time to look at the video to get the whole trues. It is easy for a reporter to write the narrative of what type of message and who he want to direct the message to.

The article a couple of days ago that read, “Commission member to step down” is misleading. I did not step down. I was removed from the HRC by the council. It appears that Councilman Tom Rogers was a force behind bringing the matter to the table saying he had received some calls. Councilwoman Lois Watkins said she had received some too.

When the discussion began Councilman Andre Knight responded and called my name but me stepping down never was mentioned.

See what Councilman Reuben Blackwell said about the role of the HRC.

See what Councilman Tom Rogers said about the nomination.

See what Mayor David Combs suggested.

See what Councilman Tom Rogers said about harmony. Now this was some b.s. coming from the white community because I have talked about Special Cs and Safe Black Folk on my blog and other social media sites. I am a grown ass 56 year old man and I know when to act a fool and I have never acted a fool in a HRC meeting.

Councilman Knight asked the attorney about the HRC going in Closed Session because an attorney that sits on the HRC Steve Stevenson called a point of order when I tried to speak to an agenda item: HRC Commissioners concerns during the March meeting. That was some more b.s. and I called them on it because I know he was out of order.

My appointment became a newspaper article after all of this time has gone by simply because I have challenged Lindell John Kay Rocky Mount Telegram Reporter and the white community that began the lynching process of the Rocky Mount City Council and the City Manager/Staff back in December. I would bet that Attorney Steve Stevenson told the white community and Lindell Kay that I was serving on the HRC so go after me. I already knew it was coming because I had already heard.

See the following leading up to me being removed from the HRC.

See conversations leading up to the movement of removing me from the HRC.

Click on Conversations.

This is just one of many articles I am going to show how Lindell John Kay has used the Rocky Mount Telegram to help the Special Cs and some Ignant Safe Black Folk to attempt to lynch certain black folk.

Folk you better get involved and follow the movement. It is all about RACE and Power!