Ban of The Dancing Bruce
At first I thought that
it was a whimsical story about Bruce, the Dancer being banned from
Weaver Street Market Commons by the management of Carr Mill(Nathan
Millian), but when I went out to Weaver Street's Afterhours, I could
hardly enjoy my dinner and a glass of beer as that was the topic
of conversation. I say "conversation", but I think there
is a better word for it somewhere in the English Language(I just
don't know it). People were very animated, incensed, infuriated
and were talking about all sorts of ways of remedying the situation
from calling a boycott of Carr Mill Mall, mass phone calls to the
management and even a racial discrimination lawsuit.
And what does The Carrboro
News not think of it(This is an editorial, not necessarily the view
of the newspaper).
The first thought that
comes to mind is- If they are worried about appearances, why don't
they do something about the "common" lawn? The dirt mixed
with the bark mulch and strands of green nylon netting that held
together what many months before had been a velvet carpet of green
grass(although it was VERY short-lived this year as an early rain
storm began the demise of the beloved grass only a week after it
was planted) is more of an eye sore than 20 dancing Bruce's would
be, let alone one single one!
But maybe it's not a
dancing Bruce that's the problem....it could be that Dancing Bruce
is black. Would a 60 year old white woman practicing Tai Chi be
banned from Weaver Street for dancing on the lawn(Of course, having
the Gray Panthers behind you would be a deterrent to anyone trying
to ban her!)? We're not saying it is a case of race discrimination,
but it sure could look that way in the eyes of the law.
At left: The pose
that is the frontrunner for the
Statue of The Dancing Bruce.
Master Dancer Bruce
in his element and in happier times. If he's dancing with
others as here during a Sunday Brunch "It's A-OK",
but by himself is unacceptable to Carr Mill Mall Management.
The second thought that
comes to mind is that it's ridiculous that this is even an issue.
Did someone complain that Bruce was dancing, or was it a decision
made by the management of Nathan Millian Management because they
didn't like the image it portrayed? Either way, since it's common
area(although privately owned), it would seem that management making
a unilateral decision has a very fascist ring to it(but that seems
to be how authority figures-starting with the President- like to
operate in the beginning of the third millinium-Democracy is a concept
well past it's hayday).
I know, I know, it's
private property so they should be able to set the standards that
they wish. But why in the world would someone in an office in Baltimore
care if someone is dancing on the lawn(remember, people pay good
money to go to a ballet, we get a free show- you can only imagine
how many dance lovers are drawn to Weaver Street Commons for the
free show!)? It could be a dancing albino elephant and shouldn't
make a difference to someone in an office in Baltimore. As a matter
of fact(rare with this newspaper) I wonder how the guys sitting
in the office in Baltimore even heard about The Dancing Bruce. To
the best of my knowledge, he hasn't received any national press
recently. But then again, maybe it's the local office that has a
problem with it....
Regardless, after three
sleepless nights, The Carrboro News has come up with a solution...
A Solution to the Ban
of Bruce.... The Bruceway....