A move is afoot in Stroudsburg to paint a Black Lives Matter sign on courthouse square in front of the Monroe County Courthouse and the topic is expected to come up for discussion at Tuesday night’s Stroudsburg Borough Council meeting.
Proponents are circulating a "Get Black Lives Matter Painted on Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg" petition on change.org sponsored by Tobias Sabatine.
"I really don’t know what is going to happen," said Mayor Tarah Probst, who said borough officials have been bombarded with emails "both good and bad" on the topic.
"I got 15," Probst said. "Just me." She said she didn’t know the total number of emails.
Besides the emails, Probst said the debate over whether there should be a Black Lives Matter sign in courthouse square has generated social media traffic, which the mayor said includes posts by one person who is "spreading lies." She did not elaborate.
Probst said while she supports the Black Lives Matter movement, she also does not want "divisiveness" in an atmosphere where emotions are high on both ends of the spectrum.
Probst said the matter will be discussed at the council’s Tuesday meeting, which will be carried on Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. and can be watched on the borough’s Facebook page.
Council member James Smith said the push for a Black Lives Matter sign at the courthouse is not on the agenda and said he has no plans on bringing it up for discussion.
If the matter were to come up for a vote, Smith said he would be a "no" vote.
Since the matter surfaced, Smith said "well over two dozen" people have told him they are against the idea.
"Only one person was for it that I’ve spoken to," Smith said.