Put bickering aside and work to rebuild and advance Rocky Mount

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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 Knight and others in Rocky Mount from all backgrounds, this outdated, racially motivated fighting must stop or Rocky Mount will continue on a downward spiral, losing more current business and deterring new businesses and people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.

HARRIS WALKER

Washington, D.C.

Comments

Curmilus

I am really curious. What is your idea of the perfect world? How should it be?

Age

If your last comment was refering to me, I am 73 years of age and have lived in Rocky Mount on and off all my life. I too speak for many who feel the same way as I, so I speak for them as well. Your comments are a disgrace to your race, your community, and everyone like you who refuse to see anything but bad and anger in anyone who has an opinion other than yours. You are a disgrace to this city and the comments you make would make any individual or comapany wishing to come to Rocky Mount turn their heads and go where unity is truly spread. Even your Title, "The Political Aggitator," is indicative of what they would face if comming here. Shame on you, and shame on others who feel the same as you. With your kind here, Rocky Mount will never grow, especially in unity as colorless Citizens rather than Black citizens or White citizens. You are what you want to be! A dispicable, racist, individual!

Referring to whomever fit the description

Oh you feel you get to speak for my race, community and everyone who refuse to see . . . Oh hell no don't even try it. I don't speak for you and your kind so you need to understand you don't speak for me and my kind. Damn I and no other regular citizen have nothing to do with companies coming to town because we don't have any incentive or anything to offer them to come. I was using the title The Watch Dog and still called that by some others but they added to it calling me The Watch Dog of The East. You see folks were calling me an agitator so I liked that and changed my title to The Political Agitator. I am good at what I do because you have been agitated by The World Most Famous Political Agitator. When we see Colorless people? Never!

Curmilus wrote: When we see

Curmilus wrote:
When we see Colorless people? Never!
Not as long as there are some to continuously stir it up.

Speak for you, you got to be kidding!

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Mr Dancy

Mr Dancy. Your continued efforts to help Rocky Mount speaks for itself. Look what it has done for this city. The city on the rise right. When babies continue to have babies and they have no parental guidance then Houston we have a problem area and we know where it comes from. Guess what, the more kids they have the more money the government gives them. Fix this and then you can fix the rest. There is no upbringing and no respect. They dont respect themselves so why respect others. Black,white, hispanic etc. Keep up the hard work Mr Dancy. It shows!

City worker

I know what I have done as it relates to Rocky Mount over the years. You can't tell my story but I damn sure can. I don't have control over who have babies while ignant folks mislead folks as if I and others are to blame for what other parents do. I ain't the one. I am a parent to my children and I do what is required of a parent as I continue to do my very best to be a parent to my children. I also try to help other parents, those who allow me too. The Rocky Mount City Council duties are not to raise other folks children. So you want to blame them for how other folks raise their children, now that is too ignant. How many dollars have the Rocky Mount City Council given them? There is nothing to fix. I will continue to do what I do so what a wasted response. Damn atleast say something of value. Now Run & Tell That!

gramps

I find it appaling that this paper continues to allow Mr. Dancy to continue using his mouth in such a filthy way. However, I do understand also that the Rocky mount Telegram is nothing more than an extension of the Democratic Party and the Liberal bios that now controls the media. Mr. Dancy, as to your comments, yes, you do have the right, under our constitution, to voice your opinion, just as I do. The problem you have is that you are so frustrated and angry at the White American that your opinions demonstrate a lack of understanding or a failure to even consider another opinion different than your own. It is your type of individual that intensifies racism and if you are honest with your heart, you know that is the truth and that is why you continue to be a racist individual. I truly feel for you, Mr Dancy, as it is your type of individual that feeds the animosity that plagues this city. I await your racist, filthy, response, if I decide to read it, although I have no desire to see your comments in print or hear the filth perpertrating from your soul.

Damn I must be a threat because now you

want to silence me along with those whom want to silence Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight. Don't connect the Rocky Mount Telegram to me because I am a grown man. Oh hell no, I have never been frustrated with White Americans opinions. You see first of all my great grand dad was a white man and I have white family members internal and external by interracial marriages. I say racist white folks because I am not talking about all white folks. Don't attempt to speak for me, can't you see I can do a damn good job of speaking for myself. So you want to have white privilege while silencing the black man. I ain't the one. Oh you going to read my response because your mission is to attempt to silence me. LOL! But don't you know you have options? Oh since you don't know what they are, you gonna learn the day. Don't read what I post here. LOL!

Damn I must be a threat because now you

want to silence me along with those whom want to silence Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight. Don't connect the Rocky Mount Telegram to me because I am a grown man. Oh hell no, I have never been frustrated with White Americans opinions. You see first of all my great grand dad was a white man and I have white family members internal and external by interracial marriages. I say racist white folks because I am not talking about all white folks. Don't attempt to speak for me, can't you see I can do a damn good job of speaking for myself. So you want to have white privilege while silencing the black man. I ain't the one. Oh you going to read my response because your mission is to attempt to silence me. LOL! But don't you know you have options? Oh since you don't know what they are, you gonna learn the day. Don't read what I post here. LOL!

liberal strategy / critical thinking

For those times when you don't have a leg to stand on....RACIST! This will ensure you silence the opposition which ends the argument/debate allowing you to claim "victory". Racial solidarity shouldn't supersede critical thinking. Please put these men in your life - Thomas Sowell & Walter Williams (both black men) Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior. My own conclusion is that black people waged a successful civil rights struggle against gross discrimination. It's white and black liberals, intellectuals, academics and race hustlers who have created our greatest hurdle. -Walter Williams For the full article- http://washingtonexaminer.com/walter-williams-race-hustlers-of-any-color-hurt-the-country/article/2524832 http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/10/22/racehustling-results-n1729101/page/full

So your point? Both black men?

What in the hell does that suppose to mean? You think you get to choose who I and other black folks should listen to? Oh hell no! Now that is too ignant! I will listen and be in agreement with Mayor Pro-tem Knight on the issues that I agree with him on. However don't get it twisted, I can think for myself and do a damn good job of not only thinking for myself but speaking for myself. About me so ya know: ~This is not a bakery. I don’t sugar coat anything. If you ask for my opinion . . . then that’s what you’ll get. Don’t be mad when it’s not what you want to hear.~ Author unkown “Knowledge is Power, Sharing it is Empowerment” “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth … For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth: to know the worst; and provide for it.” Patrick Henry “Speaking Truth to Power” “I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”- Elie Weisel Now Run & Tell That!

What's the point?

Mr Dancy: You seem like a pretty closed minded person, so I figured you would hold their opinions in greater regard than a white person’s point of view. I wasn’t trying to choose what you and other “black folks” listen to. I just thought it would be good to hear another man’s view on things (especially them because I hold them in very high regard). But if you are only open to your own way of thinking then I can understand why you would think reading someone else’s take on things would be “ignant”. And for future reference (and so you don’t sound ignorant), “ignant” is spelled ignorant. You say you can think for yourself then you give me several quotes by other people. I’m not sure of the point you were trying to prove. Now Run & SPELL That!

Closed minded person? Because I don't act

and think like you think I should? Nope I am a grown man and I can think for myself. Ignant I know how to spell IGNORANT! I heard Steve Harvey use the word on his show all the time and I love it. I know it would agitate folks like you who want to attempt to discredit me. But you can't do that so you may as well forget over it. You say, "You say you can think for yourself then you give me several quotes by other people. I’m not sure of the point you were trying to prove." Ignant obviously I can think for myself because it is evident when you and others continue to respond to me. LOL! You say, "Now Run & Spell That!" I have shared with you why I spell the word the way I do so now what Ignant? You have been agitated by The Political Agitator and I approve of this message. Now Run & Tell That!

why the face?

It’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. I am not trying to have you think a certain way. I am just trying to open your mind a little. Steve Harvey, really? Are you trying to have a comical debate with people or serious? I will say you are very entertaining. You discredit yourself; no one has to do it for you. Don’t play the victim. As the old saying goes: Do not argue with a FOOL; he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong. LOL Just kidding. I have no idea what you’re talking about half the time. Your rambling has no point or value to it whatsoever. A lot of people dump poison, anger, resentment and criticism. Do not take it personally. Just smile, wave, and wish them well. The End.

Your ignant responses says

otherwise because you have no problem with responding. You so ignant that you can respond to something that you don't know what I am talking about? Now that is too ignant! Dispelled that I couldn't spell and then I tell you why I spelled the word "Ignorant" as "Ignant" and you still try to put a twist on that. SMDH!

Professional Representation

I concur Mr. Walker. Our current administration needs to act professional, and leave the name calling for people like Mr. Dancy. Maybe then they can actually get something done that works for their constituents and benefits the community and not some special interests groups. I mean at least take ownership of the ideologies that you are supporting, and not pander to name calling and pulling the race card.

Funny as hell they can

call Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight all kinds of names but then have a problem when I call them out. The current administration is acting professional. You don't get to choose how Knight respond. And do not make it about the entire council because ya'll are mad with Knight for speaking truth to power. I will continue to call it as I see it and I don't doubt that Mayor Pro-tem Knight will do the same. Now Run & Tell That!

Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight speaks truth to power

If responding to code words when certain folks address the Rocky Mount City Council and Mayor Pro-tem address them for what they really are, then continue to call it playing the race card. I know for a fact that the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount has received the much needed attention that previous councils made sure they were left behind. Not knowing how old you are and I assume you are atleast 30 years old and if you are older that makes it even worst. I haven't heard any black folks that say they want to relive the time they remember from back in those days. I know as a fact black folks don't want to re-live going down to the all white and/or majority white council asking for their fair share and to be treated as if they were nobody and then when these folks left, that city council voted just like they wanted to leaving out black folks. Perceived waste? Prove it! Fraud and abuse? Prove it! Also prove that Knight called Lige a racist because the video I seen he did not. For Knight to say that he felt that Lige didn't support it because the Rocky Mount City Council is a majority black and the city manager are black is a fact. Are you, WHIG-TV, Lige Daughtridge President The Community Council, Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount and their supporters saying that the Rocky Mount City Council is not a black majority and the city manager is not black? If Knight wanted to call Lige a racist, the Knight that I know would have called him a racist by saying he was a racist point blank. What more do you and they want? They have 3 minutes to speak on any issue and the issue do not have to be on the agenda unlike some other boards and commissions. The event center was not on the agenda. Higher standards when responding? Oh so now you want the city council members to bow down to the white man and to respond how they feel the city council should respond to them. Now that is too ignant! You say, "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." Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight you keep speaking truth to power because you have some power. You have the power of your 1 vote and it is up to the others how they vote. Do not allow those who want to take the city back to their youth days sway you. It is a lie that Rocky Mount is on a downward spiral and has not been since this council has been in office. How misleading to make it appear that only Rocky Mount is losing businesses. All towns are losing business and some choose to stay and some choose go. The city council has no control over those who choose to stay and/or those who choose to leave. You say, "I’m a very progressive advocate of social change and equality in all areas, but I know a sideshow when I see one." I am enjoying the side show because I am here and I know better. You see if I couldn't see and think for myself, I would take you and the other naysayers that have an issue with the Rocky Mount City Council having a black majority and black city manager serious. But I am an active engaged political activist in Edgecombe County so I know better. I have family and friends who live in Rocky Mount that have given me permission to speak for them. I am a life fully paid member of the Rocky Mount NAACP since the 1993. I am on the executive committee of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party so and I have worked in Rocky Mount for the past 26 years on yesterday January 26, 2014. Since I know that I know that I know what is real and what is perceived, I know the code words when some folks attempt to hide behind their racist and safe negro mentality. Who's bickering? It appears to me that the bickering was recently promoted by WHIG-TV first who put up the video trying to discredit Mayor Pro-tem Knight. Then Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount took it to another level by starting a petition with misleading information as to why Knight should step down or they would seek enough signatures to attempt to remove him. It does not matter how many signatures they receive that is not the procedure nor the process to attempt to remove him. All I ask is that you and these Knight haters to just tell the truth and quick misleading folks. Mayor Pro-tem Knight did not call Lige a racist. You say work together? Really? If they wanted to work together they would wait until the City Council put it on the agenda after they receive all the information from the black city manager and the staff. Nope that ain't right. Lige and some others do not want the City Council to even receive the information from the black city manager and the staff. On Lige's website The Community Council website says, "Wrong time, Wrong Place and Maybe Wrong all the way Around." I used to attend the Rocky Mount City Council meetings regularly and I remember when, when the city council was a majority white and the black people asked for things and that city council heard us and responded some times during the meeting. But then they voted just like they wanted to. When will ya'll learn that this city council will listen too, but will vote their convictions every time there is something that needs to be put to a vote. You say, "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." When the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount gets it fair share, then and only then will the pride strengthen and those who left that side will return home. Can't say they all loved the city however they do call Rocky Mount home even though they get tired of some folks who have a problem when it comes to bringing growth to the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount. Enjoy your stay in Washington because this city council will continue to do what is best for the whole city of Rocky Mount and not for those who want to go back to their youth days. Damn the mere fact of thinking about those days would be a flashback to going backwards. I am Curmilus Dancy II an actively engaged political activist that has been given authorization to speak for some family and friends who live in Rocky Mount NC.

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