GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Monday, the mayor of Germantown spoke out about that tense confrontation between a Black Lives Matter protester and a local businessman that’s gone viral on social media.
Mayor Palazzolo released a statement that said in part:
“this incident does not reflect who we are as a community.”
FOX13 also spoke to about a half dozen people who didn’t want to go on camera, hoping this incident will pass.
That’s the hope but the confrontation still attracted peaceful protest on a corner during rush hour and Monday afternoon outside of Lloyd Crawford’s business.
One woman who calls this community home hopes that this incident will have city leaders take a close look at race relations in Germantown.
Cars honked in support of peaceful protest in Germantown.
About a dozen people, some from outside the community and others who live in Germantown, held signs in support of Black Lives Matter.
“We have so many people honking for us, like overwhelming support,” said Selah Keegim.
The protest was organized days after the confrontation between businessman man Lloyd Crawford and a Black Lives Matter protester Saturday in Germantown
Heated but peaceful until Crawford told the activist to leave the city.
Crawford told FOX13 in an exclusive interview he never made threats but this woman said it wasn’t a good look for Germantown as the video has gone viral.
“There is a lot of people who do not agree with him,” said Tess Nelson. “But I think for black neighbors and our neighbors of color they are not necessarily feeling the love.”
Germantown is predominately white, 89 percent according to the most recent Census figures.
African Americans make up less than 3 percent of the population and own only 8 percent of the businesses.
“They are feeling excluded,” Nelson said. “Germantown is not as welcoming for them as it is for me.”
The image of the confrontation even had the Germantown mayor released a statement saying in part:
“The voice of one individual does not represent the voices of the more than 40,000 people who call Germantown their home.”
Nelson told us maybe it does and for the first time it was caught on video for everyone to judge.
“I think it is a problem here,” Nelson said. “I think it is an old problem. I think it is going to take a lot of work to fix it.”
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