The article posted here on August 7, “Vaughan Expresses Frustration at Response of White People to Riots,” upset a lot of people.
The article had 66 comments at the Rhino Times website and 68 comments on the Rhino Times Facebook page.
The vast majority, but not all, of the comments were negative and critical of Vaughan’s statements about white people being upset because they were inconvenienced by the protests. The word “inconvenienced” bothered a lot of readers. Some said that having a business heavily damaged and looted was not an “inconvenience.”
Greensboro city councilmembers also expressed disagreement with Vaughan’s statements about the protests and riots being an “inconvenience” to white people.
Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter said, “I don’t think anyone would disagree that what was done to George Floyd was wrong. From the police chief to elected officials, everyone that I’ve spoken to believes it was horribly wrong. And I do believe that everyone has their First Amendment right to protest, but it is also against the law to block roads, to take over businesses, and it is not appropriate to frighten people who are trying to go about their daily business.”
She said, “To take over businesses and frighten customers and block roads where people are trying to get to work is totally inappropriate and I don’t condone or support any of those actions.”
Councilmember Justin Outling said of Vaughan’s statements, “I think she is dead wrong.”
Outling said that blocking roads “is unacceptable, especially after it has happened over and over.”
Outling said that while he agreed with many of the ideals of the protestors, he didn’t agree with the tactics. He also said that he had heard of one family that was prevented from getting to the hospital by the protests at Friendly Center and that was far more than an inconvenience.
Outling also took issue with Vaughan characterizing the people who were upset about the protests and roads being closed as white people. He said, “What that does is dehumanizes people of color saying that persons of color were not upset about this. People are not being seen as the humans that they are.”
He said that it implied that a person of color could not be upset about being stuck in traffic by a protest because all persons of color had to agree.
He said, “I just fundamentally disagree with it.”