Norfolk, Va. -“Sometimes, you should be on the side of black folks.”
That comment came from Norfolk City Councilman Paul Riddick, calling out his colleague Angelia Williams, during a vote to buy land for a new library in Broad Creek.
Several members of the Norfolk City Council wanted to postpone the decision.
“When did it come to council to talk about this?” asked Anthony Protogyrou.
“I would like to know about it. What we are doing, the whole bit,” said Theresa Whibley.
“It popped up on the agenda without any kind of briefing,” said Williams.
But Williams was the only one singled out by Riddick, upset that she wanted to push back the library vote.
“Sometimes you should be on the side of black folks. A few years ago, it was against the law for us to read,” said Riddick.
Williams fired back.