City Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden called 911 after two men in a car behind her harassed her as she drove to a City Council meeting Thursday.
Cole-McFadden, who is black, told council members she was about 30 minutes late after two individuals “that didn’t look like her,” “tried to run up on her car” on Blackwell Street.
“Twice,” said Cole-McFadden, who said the two white men pulled their car up very close to hers.
Her daughter advised her to go home and pull the Clinton-Kaine sticker off her car, which she did.
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“Because there are some very strange people in this city right now,” she said. “Their behavior is strange, anyway.”
Cole-McFadden left the City Council meeting Thursday afternoon after a few minutes and retreated to her office. She later told elected officials through a messenger that she was unable to return.
It’s unclear if the incident was election related. However, earlier Thursday Downtown Durham Inc. ambassadors removed two instances of graffiti that showed up Wednesday.
Someone wrote “Black Lives Don’t Matter and neither does your votes” on a wall next to JC’s Kitchen on the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets.
A similar graffiti message showed up just down the street from JC's Kitchen on a building near Fayetteville Street and Ramseur Street.
Meanwhile, Durham Public Schools Superintendent Bert L’Homme posted a message on the system’s website and social media Thursday in response to anecdotal reports of attendance dropping Wednesday for students who speak English as a second language, said DPS spokesman Chip Sudderth.
L’Homme’s message, which was also shared with families via a robocall, said the school system is a welcoming, safe and supportive school system for all of families, including those who speak English as a second language and refugees.
“Our school counselors are ready and able to support any student who has concerns following our recent elections,” the statement says. “Also, our district policies are firmly against harassment and intimidation of any kind; any student experiencing them for any reason should let a teacher or principal know immediately.”
On Facebook parents mostly thanked the school system for statement. One commenter said they knew of a Muslim family at a DPS school that was harassed.