Annexation in black and white

By Mike Hixenbaugh
Published February 9, 2010
Rocky Mount Telegram

Many of the residents fighting Rocky Mount’s forced annexation see their battle as one of absolutes: good versus evil, freedom versus oppression, right versus wrong.

But the unprecedented intensity and persistence of the Oak Level community’s fight has a few city leaders thinking in similarly rigid terms: white versus black.

In the highly publicized struggle that has raged for more than a year between the city of Rocky Mount and hundreds of residents bent against involuntary annexation, media coverage has stopped short of addressing a four-letter word some city leaders say is an underlying factor in much of the protest — race.

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