by Sam Hieb
Lots of reaction to Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan’s motion that the city take over operation of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum during a testy museum board meeting on Monday.
No surprise that Vaughan and board member Earl Jones have differing views of the museum’s financials:
In fact, Jones said, the museum staff told board members Monday that it had raised $540,000 toward the $1.5 million forgivable loan.
When asked Monday if the museum is in good shape financially, Vaughan said: “Not by any accounting standard I’m aware of.”
Personally I think it’s great to see Vaughan call out Jones and his buddies Skip Alston and Deena Hayes-Greene. It will also be interesting to see how Vaughan reacts to the racial politics considering the sensitivity she showed to the LGBT community following the alleged murder of a gay male by a city employee, which many were quick to speculate was a hate crime. She’s obviously concerned about “inclusivity,” but she’ll where that gets her when takes on Jones, Alston and company.
N&R letters to the editor lately have been running hard against more taxpayer money for the museum —and guess what —taking over operation would mean more taxpayer money, with a downtown performing arts center coming on line in a couple of years. I’m not sure the average voter wants to take out Jones and Alston that bad.