Doug Clark calls the City Council's TRC roundable "a positive, productive discussion...even though council members differ strongly in their views...Not everyone participated fully in the conversation, but no one made a fuss about it, either...a very good session."
Allen Johnson quotes TRC member Bob Peters: "I can see potentially difficult conversations coming out of this, which I welcome. I can see disagreements coming out of this, which I also welcome."
Header on Margaret Banks A-1 lead article: "City finally joins 'truth' dialogue." Her lede: "For supporters of the Truth and Reconciliation process, the voluntary, hour-long discussion among the City Council about the report Tuesday must have seemed like an unexpected gift."
I hope we get some long, serious conversations about this thing. Yesterday just scratched the surface. Sandy Carmany and Mike Barber didn't say a word. Sandra Anderson voiced skepticism about the process, and Tom Phillips something closer to hostility, but both pushed for practical ways of addressing it. Dianne Bellamy-Small stated as fact that the CWP wasn't looking for an actual confrontation and that the real story involved jobs and justice, with which I would take some issue. Yvonne Johnson and Goldie Wells were thoughtful and I thought ahead of the curve.
And then there was Keith Holliday. He is trying very hard to be the mayor of all Greensboro, for all Greensboro. He wants this to be positive and productive. It's been a real journey for him, and I think he's still got some facts to pick up along the way, but he's providing moral grounding and leadership and I really appreciate what he's doing.