Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers was a big hit with school alumni and other parade-goers at the NC A&T State University Homecoming when he danced to a rap song along the homecoming parade route accompanied by a Sheriff’s Department vehicle.
However, when the video of the song and dance hit Facebook, Rogers’ critics called it an embarrassing act of self-promotion that was not in keeping with the dignity of the office.
Rogers, a Democrat who beat former longtime Republican Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes in the election four years ago, is currently seeking reelection against Republican Phil Byrd, who has been endorsed by Barnes.
Byrd, after seeing the video, called the song and dance “a pathetic show of behavior” and pointed to the lyrics of the song: “Black Cop” by KRS-One …
“Black cop!! Black cop, black cop, black cop,
Stop shootin’ black people, we all gonna drop.
You don’t even get, paid a whole lot
The black drug dealer just avoid black cop
They’re killin’ each other on a East Coast block
Killin’ each other on a West Coast block
White police, don’t give a care about dat
Dem want us killin’ each other over crack.
Barnes said that he too found the song choice very disturbing.
There’s a famous episode of “Seinfeld” in which the character Elaine is shown dancing using ridiculous jerky dance moves. Barnes said that Rogers’ dancing was highly reminiscent of Elaine’s moves on that episode – but the former sheriff added that this is a serious matter, not a TV comedy.
“I don’t know what to say,” Barnes said. “It is embarrassing to me that a sheriff would act like this and use a sheriff’s vehicle to follow and draw attention to himself. If he was doing it for any other reason except self-promotion – but that’s not the case.”
“It seems like the sheriff is not only promoting racist ideas but stereotypes,” Barnes added. “Talk about divisive behavior.”
The former sheriff also said that using county property such as county-owned cars for a campaign event is a violation of election law.
Roger’s supporters say it was just some fun at a homecoming celebration, not a campaign event.
By Wednesday, Nov. 2, the video had been shared on Facebook over 2,200 times.
Many who commented on the video loved the sheriff’s dance down the street.
“That was dope. He killed it!” one Facebook user wrote.
“You Go, Danny!” another posted, while another Facebook user wrote that the dance had earned Rogers her vote in the upcoming election.
There may be disagreement about the appropriateness of Rogers’ performance in the homecoming parade, but it is certainly fair to say that – regardless of anyone’s political affiliations or their view of the job Rogers is doing as Guilford County sheriff – it is impossible for anyone who watches the video to suggest that Rogers is a good dancer.
Total embarrassment by an Elected Official who has a list of Jail deaths on his watch, mold growing in the jail, 100 vacancies and no improvement in site. Phil Byrd is a professional who will bring Integrity to the department. Rogers has multiple suits pending and the County taxpayer cant afford to have him re-elected.
He acks like a 5year old and does not know what or how to run a elected office. That is not the only grand stunt he has pulled like the white shirt ,red vest, and white cowboy hat that is a Texas thing so why don’t he go to Texas he might fit in there. A shame to the county and to Guilford County we donot have a sheriff just a joke for one.
Yes, a shameless politics production.
How can we take this man serious when he dresses and acts like a clown? Now dat’s dope!
What did you possibly expect?
NC A & T Homecoming is a wonderful event for Greensboro — especially after two years of covid — and everyone should have fun and celebrate. BJ Barnes is the “SORE LOSER LOSER LOSER” and anything he says should be ignored because of his sad mentality and not able to accept his failure with the voters four years ago. Was BJ Barnes even there or his imagination? Not sure why those anonymous ‘quotes’ were considered newsworthy. Those who are so negative about NC A& T Homecoming should stay home next year and the next year.
No. BJ Barnes isn’t expressing sour grapes. He is stating the obvious, and those of us who feel the same way are embarrassed by Rogers’s behavior. We expect a certain decorum from our elected officials. He looked ridiculous. Also, BJ had an excellent point about government owned vehicles being used like this, though I would be surprised if anything ever came from it. How convenient for Rogers that the elections were so close to the A&T parade, so he could launch this silly and desperate campaign stunt.
If I remember the song from the old days, Black Cop was essentially calling black police officers Uncle Toms and hypocrites. Been a while though, so I could be wrong. Rapping about drug dealers and killing is still not a family friendly song for a parade route.
Way to live the dream Danny Boi! What a moron.
A total disgrace to the profession.
bj barnes commenting on race is like trump commenting on rape.
What are you saying, WHITE people cant talk about race. I’ve known BJ for over 40 years I’ve never seen a racist side of the man.
Yes…he is very much a racist. You may not have noticed because you are like him…
You have obviously never met the man.
Sorry Pam I’m not the same color so you be so wrong. Please don’t assume you do know what that means don’t you
Your racist & perverted behavior when you worked at the jail speaks for itself Terry.
Randolph county is always open for those who don’t like Guilford.
Be careful you may be “invited “ to a Saturday night party
I truly hope Rogers reads this. Danny Rogers you are a continuous embarrassment as an elected official. You definitely lack common sense! Anyone in their right mind would never carry on publicly as you have as a Sheriff. You’ve made Guildford county a laughing stock. This latest stunt in the Aggies parade put the icing on the cake for me. As an independent voter you can best believe I will skip right over your name. I’m no Byrd fan but at least he isn’t openly making a mockery of himself. It’s unfortunate that Guildford county does not have an ideal Sheriff candidate. Oh well, it’s a matter of picking your poison for me! ♀️
Let us be honest, Rogers was dancing to his audience. He knows who will be voting for him regardless of his poor performance as sheriff.
What you mean his audience
As stated, people who will be voting for him regardless of his poor performance.
When you dress like a clown and act like a clown, must be a circus. Time for the circus going on at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department to move out. A total embarrassment to the profession of law enforcement.
This is why we can’t get good people elected; we have a person saying the Sheriff’s dance moves will make her vote for him. If you don’t have smart people voting you won’t get smart people elected.
You have embarrassed the county and culture long enough!
What happened to dignitaries standing from a float waving……and the nerve to be dancing to a racist music.
I look forward to your departure from the role of leadership. Byrd is probably jumping with joy by now. I don’t want that phony either but at least he isn’t carrying on like a clown! GC good luck. Maybe one day we will get the right fit for all the people here!
The Dancing Clown!
Current Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers is a convicted Felon, Racist, and has two pending Alienation of Affection lawsuits against him? Also not smart enough to remove his car keys lock his Sheriff’s Vehicle Downtown!
Vote Phil Byrd for Guilford County Sheriff!
Anyone who votes for Rogers is a fool! People don’t know what it’s like to work under him. He humiliates officers constantly and makes them feel stupid and you cannot say anything back to him for fear of losing your job. He’s a childish idiot. All he wants is people to tell him how much they love him. Everyone that works here is paranoid and afraid to say anything against him.
He has recently in the past few months had female officers in BOTH jails selling drugs to inmates. They was quietly let go with no charges brought against them because he did not want it to get out to make him look bad and I’m not going to even say anything about the other female who was a long time officer that was secretly meeting with an inmate for years!!!
Here’s a video Danny spent a lot of time producing that is equally cringeworthy. Really embarrassing to watch. https://www.tiktok.com/@guilfordcosheriffsoffice/video/7148461546619030830