The good news is that Ward 1 Councilman, Andre Knight is better. You can hear it in his voice and see that his strength continues to improve. The bad news is in his recovery from a fall, he seems more determined than ever to foster racial division. Ms. Copland, a frequent speaker during the public comments came Monday afternoon to use her 3 minutes to talk about research she’d done on the price of commercial square footage in Rocky Mount. She mentioned the thirty years, OIC has been paying 13 cents a sq. foot for their properties. This was the catalyst for Mr. Knight’s knee jerk response that is like a commercial that runs over and over during the final four basketball tournament.
You know Adrienne as the energetic, young, woman in her work clothes that speaks at the City Council meetings. She can be emotional and frustrated at times, but her head for numbers, and her research abilities support her perspective. She knows a thing or two that include housing, ordinances, grants. She is a hands-on champion for the neighborhoods that are deteriorating. Adrienne is a licensed general contractor, and has earned a Historic Preservation Research Certificate from Edgecombe Community College. She is President of the Board of Rocky Mount Preservation. Square footage may not be your thing, but you will find the video clip interesting. You nor I would make the time to find this information.
Councilman Knight’s reaction, even about the price per square foot of commercial property, comes from his core view that the world is racist. It causes him to foster division rather than healing between the black and white community in Rocky Mount. The hope for healing lay in the hands of the ‘Repairers of the Breach’ that never forget the past, but feel that today is what matters in creating revitalization. In Mr. Knight’s view, as you will see in the video, the mistakes of the past are the rationale for his attitude and decisions. United is a big concept we can handle and something we all want. That’s a world view that is needed more than ever. Rocky Mount can be an example of how to achieve unity. It takes determination and not letting obstacles get in the way of all the possibilities Rocky Mount is about. If Councilman Knight could throttle back on his racist language, it would sure help. Don’t you agree?
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