Mayor Wright on the Media

[The following is a verbatim transcription of what Mayor Kenneth Wright posted on a mutual friend’s Facebook timeline. It is unedited from the original FB “stream-of-consciousness” style (i. e., without paragraph breaks) and without corrections to the grammar, word usage, and spelling found in the posting. It is referenced in Pandora’s Box Version 2.0?]

I find it completely hypocritical that the newspaper that started this mess would now try to speak about unity! Two and a half years ago, I pleaded with them to not pick the scab off of this sore. I told the reporter he was playing with fire! He was not from this area and appeared to be uneducated on the issue of race relations in Portsmouth. After an hour conversation and giving him the history of race relations, recalls, and the shift in political power, he understood but responded “I’ve gotta do what my bosses tell me.” (smh) He then provided me the names of people he was suppose to interview, and I shared with him that whoever provided you those names, truly doesn’t have our best interest in mind! They wanted to reopen that wound because of a few irresponsible comments made by Councilman Danny Meeks about the black preachers and black leaders (including me)! It immediately drew a response from members of the black community (including School Board Member Dr. Mark Whitaker) at the next City Council meeting. For the next two years, the Va. Pilot continued to sensationalize this issue which slowly included more and more citizens. This irresponsible reporting, with the help of WAVY-10, has gotten us to this point! (smh, smh, smh) Now, add to the mix police shootings, protesters, Black Lives Matter, People For Portsmouth PAC, the Tea Party, the Recall Nuts (which are part of both P4P & Tea Party), the Mother Emanuel AME killings, the Confederate Monumen, and your everyday racist, and you’ve got “A Perfect Storm!” Congratulations Va. Pilot and Hampton Roads Local Media! Please take a bow!! -Mayor Wright-