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In Fayetteville, George Floyd killing divides black elected officials and protesters of color

By October 19, 2021News Stories

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The black city council members had just left a recentmeeting when they were met in the parking lot by younger activists of color with a piercing question.

Why did the council — which is newly dominated by black members — refuse a request to write “Black Lives Matter” in yellow paint near the historic Market House, where slaves were once sold? Why did they vote to write “Black lives do matter”?

“What’s the ‘do’ for?” a young black woman asked.

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