City Council: Do The Right Thing – The Taxpayers Should Not Pay For The Black Lives Matter Action Committee’s Street Mural

621 Pennsylvania Ave -Ward 1

If there is as much as $20k available for a mural, that money should NOT be given to an organization that can very well pay for their own projects. Not having this kind of money, it is easier to rely on”their guys” on the Council. The laughable bit is that if they were providing the money, I doubt the project would cost $1000.

Taxpayers do not approve of this latest scheme. Read the comments on Concerned Citizens who have far better suggestions for the use of this money. What about the house pictured above in Ward 1? There are plenty of houses in Wards 1,2,3,4 that sit boarded up and abandoned that continue to be neglected by their Councilmen. Even worse is the condition of the housing people are living in.

I will take our local Black Lives Matter Action Committee seriously when they think bigger for the community than a mural on the street. When they mentor young people who need someone to believe in the possibilities of their lives. I’ll believe the Committee when all this posturing and bluster translates to action and real help. If the September 13th City Council meeting approves as much as $20k for Mr. Blackwell’s son, rather than doing the right thing, it will be one more unforgivable decision for the “My Will Be Done” Agenda that has little to do with other black lives that do matter. Wouldn’t it be grand if for once right prevails.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to City Council: Do The Right Thing – The Taxpayers Should Not Pay For The Black Lives Matter Action Committee’s Street Mural

  1. Diana Pridgen says:

    I agree with your thoughts on this. Help those living in poverty raise their standard of living—not just to make a few people happy by painting on an old building. Too much money has already been spent frivolously without allowing the citizens of Ricky Mount cast a vote.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I think you are right “on point” with these comments

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  3. Marie Bridgers says:

    This entry brought tears to my eyes. $20,000 for a street painting versus $20,000 for improving living conditions and/or charities in a town filled with both needs. This council can take a step in the right direction for a change by giving $20,000 to a charity and call it a heartfelt decision on their part. The citizens need to see an action like that in lieu of self-gratifying mistakes made in past decisions.

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  4. John says:

    The city council will never do what’s right! Their as fickled as the wind or as us southerners like to say: GONE WITH THE WIND!

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