For far too long, Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight has played the race card in Rocky Mount, but he’s not alone and it’s holding our city back from better times.
I am a proud Rocky Mount native because I know what Rocky Mount was in my youth and that of my parents, but I’m ashamed to see where it’s going.
The most recent example at a City Council meeting earlier this month is merely one in a line of many.
For merely expressing his views on perceived waste, fraud and abuse by the city, a long-respected advocate for Rocky Mount was labeled as a racist.
To the City Council, it is imperative that citizens have more of an opportunity to discuss important issues, and Council members should hold themselves to a higher standard when responding to the citizens they serve.
To Mr. Knight and others in Rocky Mount from all backgrounds, this outdated, racially motivated fighting must stop or Rocky Mount will continue on a downward spiral, losing more current business and deterring new businesses and people from moving to our great city.
I’m a very progressive advocate of social change and equality in all areas, but I know a sideshow when I see one.
Let’s put an end to all of the bickering and work together to rebuild and advance the Rocky Mount that we once knew.
When that happens, the economy will grow, our city’s pride will strengthen, and the thousands of young people who don’t return to Rocky Mount after finishing their education might actually have a reason to return to the city they love – including me.
Until then, you can find me in Washington, fighting to improve the lives of Americans from all backgrounds through much more productive means.