Rocky Mount NC – Confederate Monument Randy Adcox Need To Tell The Whole Trues

This right here was brought to my attention by a female. This is about as ignant as it gets.

Randy Adcox, Jerry Monroe a former neighbor and co-worker who moved out of the neighborhood in Pinetops when he and his wife split up years ago and he moved to Temperance Hall are too hilarious.

I was on the HRC committee and attended all of the community meetings and I just love how Randy and some others continue to attempt push their agenda and to not wait on the process. Randy didn’t talk about the status of where the council stand on the statue at the moment. You see if he want to report on it then he need to report the whole trues.

Now I am going to wait to see when he report the real status the last conversation in the council meeting about next steps.

I am going to let that sit right here.

Randy Adcox

November 26 at 10:00 PM

Greetings fellow Rocky Mountaineers! Know what today is? That’s right, “4th Monday of the month”, aka City Council meeting Monday!
Today’s meeting was rather abbreviated, but it wasn’t without a bit of “fireworks” – more in a minute…
Today’s meeting started out pretty much as they all do…Meeting called to order…prayer by Councilmember Joyner…rollcall…and then “approval of the minutes” from the November 12th council meeting.
There were also a couple of presentations this afternoon; the first being a certificate presented to the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church on the occasion of the church’s 147th anniversary! That’s some history!
The 2nd presentation was to honor Mrs Lendora Williams on her reaching her 100th birthday! Happy Birthday Mrs. Williams!
“Item 6” today, was the “Petitions to be received from the public”, or as someone else once said, “our turn to speak!”.
Several people addressed the council today, with a variety of concerns, questions and/or complaints. Mr. Lewis Nettles spoke to the council and commended them on the opening of the Event Center, and then he requested a “private audience” with council members Knight and Blackwell. Interesting….
Stacy Graham once again addressed the council and reminded them of the correlation between animal abusers and violent crime. Mrs Graham’s persistence and tenacity in bringing this issue to the council is to be commended, and it’s hoped that her efforts will result in more being done to deter violent crime in our city, as well as animal abuse. Great job Stacy!
Mrs. Teresa Stokes addressed the council with concerns about traffic congestion at the Fairview Road/Raleigh Road intersection, and asked the city to look into possible ways to alleviate some of the traffic problems at that intersection.
When Lige Daughtridge addressed the council, the squirming and “uneasiness” of the council members was hard to miss. When Lige began rattling off numbers and figures from the city’s OWN sources, it was pretty apparent that there were some on the council who would’ve preferred to have been elsewhere. No one is better at pouring over city budget figures and finding discrepancies, than Lige! And when he began speaking about “unfunded wastewater treatment infrastructure projects” and other “pet projects” totalling close to $80 million, the council as a whole appeared to be caught somewhat off guard. The mayor, as well as councilman Blackwell and even city manager Small-Toney, all attempted to put a good spin on Lige’s direct and piercing questions, but it was obvious his questions made them quite uncomfortable. To be fair, Lige was addressing the council *today*, after not receiving answers to some of these same questions at the LAST council meeting two weeks ago.
There were a couple other citizens who opted to address the council today, including yours truly. Mr Tim Thomlinson addressed the council with concerns about a swimming pool that had been built on a vacant lot, and the need to do some “clean up” on the lot after the pool was later destroyed and covered up, apparently after plans to build a house on the lot, fell through. Mayor Combs instructed one of the city employees to meet with Mr. Thomlinson in an effort to resolve the issue.
My decision to speak to the council today, was a result of information I became aware of last week. Many of you may remember the four “open forum” meetings I attended this past summer, regarding our Confederate monument. Well it seems the city has now received the “report” from WPR Consulting firm in Charlotte, the firm who conducted the forums on behalf of the city. I’ve seen this report myself, and frankly, if the report is to be taken literally, there’s no recommendation, nor is there anything else the city could use to justify dismantling or relocating that monument. As I told the council today, while there were indeed those who were very passionate (on BOTH sides of this issue), the general concenus by those of us in attendance could be summed up in two statements. First, for MOST people in Rocky Mount, that monument holds little if any significance. Leave it up, tear it down, most folks don’t care one way or the other. The second, and more important point, is that we as a city, “have bigger fish to fry”. Gangs, crime, homelessness, drugs, poverty…these are all FAR more important to most people in our city, than that monument. My message to the council was short and to the point; we have an opportunity here to lead! We can show other cities and towns with Confederate monuments how they can live in harmony – in spite of these monuments. We should not spend one nickle on tearing down or relocating our monument, because in a list of “things that are important”, that monument is WAY down the list! The last thing I told our city council, was that they have an opportunity to lead, and they need to do so!
As one might expect, councilman Andre Knight took exception to my comments, and let me and everyone else in the chamber know it. The snarl on his face and the nastiness of his tone was evident to all in attendance as he ridiculed and denigrated my comments, one after another. He seemed to be under the impression I had called for him and others to “forget the past” (I never uttered any such sentiment), and then he boldly proclaimed, “Well we will NEVER forget!”.
I smiled back lovingly at Mr. Knight, as I recalled the mayor’s instructions to all in attendance just before this part of the meeting, “Do not engage in personal attacks…you’ll be limited to three minutes (Mr. Knight has on numerous occasions ranted for five, long as twenty minutes on occasion, when he felt especially incensed!)…council members may not necessarily respond to your comments (though they can if they choose to do so)…comments that disrupt the meeting will not be tolerated…persons disrupting the meeting may be forced to leave the room…..”.
So yea, I guess it could be said that I “touched a nerve” today with councilman Andre Knight. Gee..sorry Mr. Knight. Would ya like a bandaid for that booboo?
So anyway, the rest of the meeting went really quickly…a couple of street closure and motions to release certain tax refunds or releases rounded out page one of today’s agenda, and then it was on to page two. The majority of “Page 2” dealt with approving the minutes of a couple of “Meeting of the whole” sessions from Nov 5th and Nov 12th. The minutes were quickly approved and then we were on Page 3.
This part of the meeting dealt with declaring certain pieces of city property as “surplus” and then to authorize disposal of the equipment. Another proposal involved a certified statement to the NCDOT regarding the city’s commitment to maintain the 1993 Budget Funding Level to the Transit System. This is state monies ($285,000) that the city receives as part of our transit maintenance. In order for the city to continue to get this money, any funds remaining in this portion of the budget must be spent by year’s end. The proposal was approved, which should guarantee the city will receive these funds again next year!
There was a “consideration of Ad Valorem tax adjustments and refunds” after an appeal of assigned taxes by a couple of property management businesses, and then the council voted to refund approximately $2800 for tax years 2017 and 2018.
The last item on tonight’s agenda was a motion to cancel the “2nd Monday of the month” meeting in December, due to that Monday being Christmas Eve.
So after approximately 45 minutes, today’s meeting was “in the books”. And in spite of the strained moments with councilman Knight, and the brief “fireworks”, I still thoroughly enjoyed seeing our city government “at work”. All in all, these people have an incredibly important job, and it’s hard to have an appreciation for just how difficult a job they have, until you see them in the act of conducting the city’s business. Rocky Mount’s current operating budget is over $200 million, and overseeing a city with that kind of operating budget is no small task!
Having said that, it’s important that we as citizens remain engaged in how our government works for us. After all, we put them in office. And if they aren’t performing up to our expectations, it’s up to us to “put ’em out on the street”. Next year (2019) is an important year in our local government elections. The mayor’s seat, as well as four of our council members are up for reelection. If you’re not happy with the way our elected leaders are doing their jobs, this is your opportunity to send them a message. Don’t forget – 2019 is judgement time!
Thanks again for tuning in everyone. This is your friendly “on the spot council meeting reporter”, Randy Adcox, signing off! Have a great evening!

Terri Joyner Is Disturbed About Meetings Held Concerning Confederate Statue At Battle Park

The following is a comment from Terri Joyner that was posted on my blog:

I am very disturbed that the first time I heard of the two meetings held about our Confederate Statue at Battle Park was posted on Facebook by WITN new today (7-24-18)

I for one am outraged at the very thought of our City’s Leadership and less than knowledgeable residents have taken such a strong stance on the removal of a Statute that memorializes all those that fought for their rights during the Civil War. BOth Blacks and Whites fought shoulder to shoulder to protect our Southern culture. It had absolutely nothing to do with the South wanting to keep slavery alive. Slaves were not all black. There were white slaves as well.

This is part of our Nations history that should be preserved for future generations to learn from. Who are we to erase the History that doesn’t fit the likings of some while other feel strongly that it should be preserved. We have no knowledge how future generations will view the Statues.

I for one would like to see our City have a backbone and stand tall and proud to show the rest of this broken nation that these monuments are our ancestors legacy and an important part of History good or bad that should be preserved.

I also highly suggest a 3rd meeting be scheduled and highly publicized so that ALL CITIZENS of Rocky Mount can have an advance notice of such a crucial meeting as this one is.

My response:

I am disturbed also when folk post half-trues and attempt to insult my intelligence.

First of all I don’t know where you been but the meetings have been publicized in the Rocky Mount Telegram and WHIG-TV was at the 1st meeting. I have recorded all of them and posted them on my YouTube page.

Outraged? Really? I don’t know where ya’ll get that bullshit from about folk being less knowledgeable about the statue, Civil War and other. Who the hell are ya’ll to think that ya’ll are the only ones educated when it comes to ya’ll wanting to preserve ya’ll historical moments in history. I am a 55 year old grown ass black man who ain’t ignant to history and I can speak for numerous others. Not long ago the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP held a meeting and had 2 white males an historian and a civil rights laywer/other and a black male historian that did a presentation on the confederacy. That video also is on my YouTube page.

Yeah some folk are stuck on need more education about the confederacy and history. Talk to those whom you need to but myself and some others ain’t the one. I ain’t gonna even get into the damn slave thing about there was black and white slaves. And?

There is a lot of Nations history just like when folk tell black folk to get the hell over it but everyday we are reminded by those who continue who ain’t trying to get over the mess they have done to folk of color that is still going on today such as beatings and calling us Niggers.

I will let the City speak for themselves. However I don’t give a damn about certain legacies just because. Hell you can preserve whatever history you want just like people of color can when folk say they need to get over it.

Obviously you are ignant to the facts about the meetings because today was the 4th and final community meeting. All of the meetings were highly publicized. All citizens of Rocky Mount had an opportunity to attend and had plenty damn notice.

I am a member of the Human Relations Commission and I attended all the meetings and I have advertised and posted the video of all of them except the 4th meeting will be on my YouTube page in a couple of days.

Funny how you found yourself on my page. But keep following me because you will learn the day because that is what my page is about to educate and to be educated. However I pay attention to those who are trying to educate folk with half-trues.

I ain’t the one I have been actively engaged in community activism since the late 80’s so I can recognize and comprehend bullshit when I see it, hear it and/or whatever fashion it is presented.

Now I am open to dialogue but one thing folk ain’t going to do is to attempt to insult my intelligence as to the need for more education on an issue when other folk think they are the only ones that know history.

I am only interested in the whole trues, the facts and not emotions. I base my emotions on the facts.

My blog is full of information however when I post on blog it automatically post to my Facebook, Twitter and Linked In accounts.

I welcome your comments that I have to approve as long as you keep it real.


Confederate Monument Falls Road Rocky Mount NC – Why, When, Who, What?

See response from a Confederate Monument supporter. Forwarded information from another page.

Why were they erected? When were they erected? Who erected them? What purpose do they serve today as it relates to all races?

Traci Wood Thompson But on to questions…1.) Why the RM monument was erected: in general to fallen Confederate soldiers and specifically to the soldiers of Nash County, as its inscription states, and the comrades of Robert Henry Ricks, the soldiers of the “Bethel Regiment.” 2.) Why Confederate monuments were erected in general: Monuments erected in the South after the Civil War were bought almost exclusively by women’s groups and for the express purpose of honoring their dead. “…Monuments erected in the South after the Civil War were bought almost exclusively by women’s groups and for the express purpose of honoring their dead…Nearly ninety percent of the state’s white male population between the ages of 15 and 50 – 125,000 men in all – fought for the Confederacy. More than 40,000 never returned…less than twelve months after Appomattox, despite military occupation, grass-roots efforts arose across the South to care for – and honor – the region’s dead. Diverse, spontaneous, and led by an unlikely demographic, these activities filled a critical need and led, perhaps unintentionally, to the Confederate memorial tradition.” – Douglas J. Butler, North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Inc., 2013), p. 1-5. 3.) When were they erected: 1.) The RM monument was erected in 1917. 2.) Confederate monuments in general were erected from a few years after the war to today, with majority in the late 1880s-early 1920s time period. The reasons for this timing are many, including a. they were not allowed earlier. An example from New Orleans: “From the commencement of Confederate memorial work, every obstacle to its prosecution was thrown in the way by Federal authorities. The following order is a fair reflex of the antagonistic sentiment that prevailed…’Headquarters Military District of the Gulf, New Orleans, July 18, 1866 – 1. Notification is hereby given for the information of all concerned that no monument intended to commemorate the late rebellion will be permitted to be erected within the limits of the military division of the Gulf ‘…While the Confederate veterans abstained scrupulously from any acts that could be construed into a violation of the obligations of their paroles, they never ceased to formulate plans and collect funds to honor the memory of their worthy dead.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 117.) b. Such work was too expensive in an economically devastated post-war South. “When the Confederate soldiers returned to their homes at the close of the war they were confronted by conditions more trying than any perils they had encountered on the field of battle…enfeebled by four years of hardship and privation; without money, credit…they commenced a struggle to earn a support for themselves and those dependent upon them…they toiled as men had never toiled before…step by step, slowly but surely, they moved forward in the path of love and duty…they ever kept love and lost comrades in tender remembrance. When dawning prosperity enabled them to divert something from their daily needs they turned to memorial work. At first modest headboards, here and there throughout the South, marked the resting places of fallen comrades. Later, when improved conditions justified larger expenditures, cemeteries were established in which were gathered the remains of the dead, and monuments commenced to replace the simple headboards. To-day, lofty and beautiful shafts in every part of the South stand in mute but eloquent evidence of the loving devotion of the Confederate soldiers to the memory of their dead.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 116.) c. The groups responsible for memorializing the dead did not effectively organize until the late 1890s. The United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in 1894. “Immediately following the return of the Confederates at the close of the war, the women of the South, although sharing in the struggles of the men to provide for the daily wants of life and to restore shattered homes, devoted attention to perpetuating the memory of their husbands’, sons’ and brothers’ deeds, and to alleviating the wants of necessitous Confederate soldiers…at first the efforts of the women of the South in charitable and memorial directions were applied under no general or concerted plan. As the field of their operations grew wider, the necessity of enlarged organization became apparent…’The Daughters of the Confederacy’ entered into organized existence in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 10, 1894…the objects of the Daughters of the Confederacy…are declared to be ‘educational, memorial, literary, social, and benevolent’…The work of perpetuating Confederate memories by the erection of monuments and other structures has been confided almost entirely to the Daughters of the Confederacy. Through their agency…monuments will be erected to fallen heroes to whose memory full tribute has not yet been paid. The South has reason to be thankful that the perpetuation of her most cherished memories has been confided to such faithful and worthy hands.” (Wood, Confederate Handbook, 1900, p. 107-108.) d. Monuments were often erected to commemorate various anniversaries of the war. Who erected them: answered in above questions and answers. What purpose do they serve today as relates to all races: 1.) They are a part of the history of all Southerners of any race whose ancestors lived in the South during the war, just as any aspect of local history is related to everyone’s ancestors, in some way, who lived in a certain time and place. 2.) A monument dedicated to all veterans is relevant to anyone who knows or is related to a veteran. 3.) They are public art. 4.) They are educational as a reminder of American history in general.