Durham activist says African-pride themed crosswalk could help reduce violence

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – McDougald Terrace is a public housing community in Durham made up mostly of African-Americans. 

Over the years, people living here have seen their share of shootings and murders outside their front doors.

For community activist Paul Scott, one shooting or one murder is one too many.

He wants to see a change – starting with a crosswalk.  

“A lot of times you see on the news about shootings and things of that nature,” Scott said. “So we hope that a crosswalk will help give a positive sense of self-worth to the residence.” 

Scott tells CBS 17 the crosswalk at Ridgeway Avenue and E. Lawson Street needs to be repainted. 

But, instead of normal white lines, he has started an online petition to have the crosswalk painted black, red and green.  

“Those are the symbols of African pride,” he said.  

The colors represent Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration every year for African-American families. 

Scott believes being proud of your community and reducing gun violence are interchangeable.

“To stop the violence, black on black crime, the only thing that has sever worked historically is giving our people a sense of pride,” he said.  

Scott’s next step is going to Durham’s city council with his petition, in hopes that his idea means less crime for his community.  

“Maybe if they see that, it’ll be a pathway to a better tomorrow.” 

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