What is going on at RiverPark Center? As a former board member, I’m saddened to see it go from “Owensboro’s living room” to what it’s become. From inviting obscene bands who sing about lewd practices being performed on women, ditching Friday After 5 to focus on adults, to the ongoing drag shows, the RiverPark Center is no longer a family-friendly place.

Speaking of drag, there are good reasons to oppose these shows. I cannot speak to the intent of the participants, so I won’t, but the intent is irrelevant. If these performers were in blackface, our community would rightly be up in arms. Why? Because blackface, by its very use, mocks what it is to be African-American.

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