View Full Version : Durham activist says African-pride themed crosswalk could help reduce violence

01-01-2019, 07:24 PM
McDougald Terrace is a public housing community in Durham made up mostly of African-Americans.

Over the years, people living here have seen their share of shootings and murders outside their front doors.

For community activist Paul Scott, one shooting or one murder is one too many.

He wants to see a change - starting with a crosswalk.

“A lot of times you see on the news about shootings and things of that nature," Scott said. "So we hope that a crosswalk will help give a positive sense of self-worth to the residence.”

Scott tells CBS 17 the crosswalk at Ridgeway Avenue and E. Lawson Street needs to be repainted.

But, instead of normal white lines, he has started an online petition to have the crosswalk painted black, red and green.

“Those are the symbols of African pride,” he said.

So if a country has one of those three colors in their flag do they have to change the color for fear of being accused of cultural appropriation ?

Does it include clothing of that color , rugs, cars, etc. ? Will those colors stop bullets from entering the crosswalk ?


DumbAss Tanker
01-01-2019, 09:32 PM
I'm sure it'll do just as much for reducing violence as re-naming all those streets to "Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/Avenue/Boulevard."

01-02-2019, 10:16 AM
I'm all for urban art initiatives, including painted crosswalks. I just don't see how they would reduce violence, I just see them as a way to brighten up the area a little.

01-02-2019, 10:20 AM
I wonder what happens if those colors also turn out to be some gang's color?