"Many of us remember the glory days when Mayor Vaughan was playing the role of Joan of Arc, saving east Greensboro from the reopening of the White Street Landfill.
But then we found her bringing to fruition enlightened Melderec/ Greensboro liberal opinion-- that the civil rights museum must be saved at all costs. This crowd had conceived of the museum as a centerpiece of downtown revitalization; and many among them tend to engage in liberal posturing that its survival is absolutely mandatory. They even resist allowing the museum to go through an orderly bankruptcy process.
Lots of taxpayer money had been given to the museum with few strings attached. But it was still felt to be in financial trouble. Yesterday, the mayor offered to have the city take over operations of the museum after its board fired the new executive director.
The civic-minded appearance of the mayor's response was shattered today when the Simkins crowd revolted against it. They said they absolutely opposed the city taking over the museum. The NAACP also spoke out in opposition. They obviously want to maintain control. Fine-- and don't ever give them another cent of taxpayer money to subsidize or bail out the facility.
The civic-minded appearance of the mayor's proposal was shattered today when the Simkins crowd revolted against it. They said they absolutely opposed the city taking over the museum. The NAACP also spoke out in opposition. They obviously want to maintain control. Fine-- and don't ever give them another cent of taxpayer money to subsidize or bail out the facility.
Mayor Vaughan and the Simkins crowd are engaging in a race to the bottom.
Both sides are winning.
Of course, the risk is that our bought-and-paid-for city council will continue to furnish subsidies to the museum, defying all common sense, thereby paying off the owners of the building. The Simkins PAC, after all, still has clout.
A video of former NC House and city council member Earl Jones chastising Mayor Vaughan and her crowd is a sight to behold. He says the museum's finances are Jim Dandy; and further states that the board outright rejected her offer to take over the museum. And he called Nancy Vaughan's Melderec crowd a "throwback to a Jim Crow segregation mindset"."
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