Council members have heated debate over possible ‘BLM’ mural

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council met for its agenda meeting on Monday and sparks flew over a possible Black Lives Matter sign in the city.

The proposal for an 8-ft tall sign pushed council members into a heated debate on racism and freedom of speech.

Councilman Charlie Rivenbark says the sign would be “racist” and would hurt the feelings of some residents.

He went on to suggest the use of “All Lives Matter,” which some see as dismissive of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Councilman Kevin Spears spoke in support of the mural.

“We saw the death of Breonna Taylors,” Spear said. “We saw the death of Ahmaud Arbery.  We’re not seeing the disregard for other lives throughout the nation, but we are seeing the disregard for black lives throughout the nation. So we’re not disregarding the importance of the lives of other people. We are trying to shine a light on saying:  Hey, black people are citizens too. We want to live too.”

Watch more from the meeting here.

The next council meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. where the issue will likely receive more review.

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