Angry teens accuse village elders of ‘racism’ after refusing to let them post BLM message in disused phone booth
- Teenagers in Wiltshire village wanted to use phone booth as BLM message
- Telephone booths were used in the 20th century to house telephones
- With the advent of mobile communications, the use of landlines has declined
- ‘Traditional’ phone booths in many heritage sites have been reused
An argument erupted after teens demanded that a Black Lives Matters message be posted in a disused phone booth.
Urchfont, near Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, has a population of around 1,000, but has become part of an international race.
Teenagers accused “village elders” of “racism” after preventing young people from posting messages supporting the BLM movement.
A group of young people, shocked by the death of George Floyd in America, asked the Urchfont parish council if they could use the box to create a “historical information point.”
Teenagers from Urchfront, Wiltshire pictured wanted to put a Black Lives Matter poster in their local abandoned letterbox to highlight the vitally important issue
Emily Kinnaird, pictured, petitioned the local parish council to allow the poster to raise awareness of the problem, but her plan was rejected by a five-to-three vote.
Local teens wanted to reuse abandoned phone booth as an information point on the Black Lives Matter movement
The local parish council voted against the proposal by five votes to three
The teens, who wanted to rearrange the phone booth, were told the plan was rejected by five votes to three.
Emily Kinnaird told the meeting: ‘My friends and I thought it would be beneficial for Urchfont to show support for the black community.
“I think it’s important to use education to raise awareness of racism, especially in predominantly white Wiltshire.
However, a majority of the local council said: “The phone booth should only be used for local community purposes, as such, this proposal covering the wider issue of racism should be rejected.”
Parish Council Chairman Graham Day said: ‘The council has discussed a possible use of the High Street phone booth, which is owned by the council.
“A lengthy debate on this issue took place in our established virtual meeting format, with substantial input from the public both from those present at the meeting and from others who had submitted comments to our Clerk.
The Urchfont parish council is an apolitical body made up of 11 volunteer members. He represents the interests of all residents of the parish.
A member of the public, who joined the meeting via Zoom, said: ‘While not mentioned in the current Black Lives Matter proposal, an overtly political movement is clearly the catalyst, a movement which is clearly controversial and offers little to improve. the life of the Urchfont community.
“The previous and current application (s) clearly indicate that it serves the particular interests of a specific group and therefore, whatever its merit, does not meet the criteria for application to the community at large.