Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yes Weekly on the Civil Rights Museum 10-9 vote

"...One week after firing their executive director, the man who had made the museum palatable even to its harshest critics, the museum board faces a breaking point. The mayor of Greensboro is offering to have the city take over the facility. This would ensure the museum’s survival, on taxpayer dollars, in the face of fundraising shortfalls and deadlines for loan payments.

The museum board set the offer aside in a 10-9 vote, according to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, herself a board member. One of the museum’s co-founders, Earl Jones, responded that Vaughan’s move was an attempt to “whitewash” the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.

This is absurd.

And part of the problem. Jones’ rhetoric can be put to the test by allowing the museum to continue on its path to financial uncertainty. Everyone in Greensboro knows that only a $1.5 million loan from the city has kept the doors open in recent months.

...[No local donors are going to step up to help] if the ego-driven personalities in control of the board can’t step aside for the greater good of the ICRCM’s legacy...

Keeping status quo entities like the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro on the donor sidelines with overcharged rhetoric is among Jones, et al’s, most significant failures."