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Re: “How a 19th-century Persian faith became the second-most common religion in our state

I was enrolled happily in Bahá'í in 1970, and watched the news from South Carolina with great interest. It is not a sect of some other Faith, but the promised renewal of the ancient Faith of Abraham and other divine Teachers. There will be more majority communities adopting the study circles and devotional gatherings, the holy days and nineteen day feasts of this Faith worldwide.

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Posted by Mark Townsend on May 18, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

#WhitePeopleAreDiscriminateAgainstBecauseThatsWhatFoxNewsSays

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Posted by TroutimusMaximus on May 15, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

It's been weeks. Time to move on to the next hashtag.

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Posted by warwit on May 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

I, too, am old and white and share your feelings. Our nation may be "exceptional" and "Number One", but must that apply to Police-initiated violence and incarceration rates?

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Posted by pugnax on May 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Ron, what members of a specific race talks like that???? Wow who is furthering stereotypes? Nothing was said about perceived laziness and aversion to work,,, except by you!!! Are you suffering guilt,,,,do you resemble your remarks? Do you suffer from envy?

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Posted by truthrus on May 15, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

I'm calling for a civilian revue board, I'm old and white and tired of police misconduct towards anybody of any race or sex.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on May 15, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Perhaps those who are calling for the Citizen board to oversee the Police, ought to start policing their own Black communities , and get the drug dealers and users and the gang members out and remove the guns from gang and drug users, the Majority of Gun shootings in Charleston are from Black males and those who sell drugs to their own are black. And it is Black on Black shootings that are killing the majority in those housing areas.
Of course the shooting was not necessary. the Officer should be charged with Murder 1.

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Re: “S.C. to end segregation of HIV-positive prisoners

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Posted by Sandy Fletcher on May 14, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Prong,

So that lunch date at Huddle House ™ is probably a no-go then.

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Posted by chrishaire on May 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Stop interacting with your commenters so much, Charleston City Paper Editor Chris Haire.

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Posted by Pronghorn on May 14, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

The civilian revue board would of course include all races and sexes; and would address police abuse against any citizen.
I really don't see how this is a racial matter, except for that it took an unarmed black man getting shot in the back to bring it about.
What if it was a white guy behind on his child support payments who inadvisably decided to flee to avoid more jail time; and got shot in the back for it? Is that somehow different?

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on May 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

"$12mil. for a civilian complaint review board. Sounds like someone is looking for a a gubment check"

Just out of curiosity, do you also refer to corporations receiving millions of dollars of government money as getting a "gubment check?"

Or are you making fun of the way some people of a specific race talk, and furthering ridiculous stereotypes about said race's perceived laziness and aversion to work?

Of course it's the former. You're not a racist (but...).

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

"$12mil. for a civilian complaint review board. Sounds like someone is looking for a a gubment check"

Just out of curiosity, when a corporation asks for millions of dollars from the government, do you also refer to that as a "gubment check?"

Or are you making fun of the way some people of a specific race talk while playing up ridiculous stereotypes about said race's perceived laziness and aversion to work?

Of course it's the former. You're not a racist (but...).

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 14, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

"Someday, though, someday there will be a time when it is appropriate to address the victimization of blacks by police that exacerbates the crime problem in these American citizens' neighborhoods. Not now, mind you, but some day once there is no crime otherwise.Not now, mind you, but some day once there is no crime otherwise."

The conservative mantra is always "Now is not the time to talk about ____." Usually this is said after a tragedy happens. I understand why they say it though - their entire world view begets tragedy and tragic thinking. It's the elephant in the room. No surprise they never want to talk about anything ever; they are usually the ones creating the root problems from which most of our societal ills arise in the first place.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 14, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

I can't tell you how unbelievably shocked I am to see as the first comment a reference to black-on-black crime. "Sorry can't fix the police because others are committing crimes, all black people must continue to be treated as violent suspects until that goes away."

Never mind the massive drop-off in violent crime over the last twenty years. Someday, though, someday there will be a time when it is appropriate to address the victimization of blacks by police that exacerbates the crime problem in these American citizens' neighborhoods. Not now, mind you, but some day once there is no crime otherwise.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 14, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Jaxx,

Grammar is tyranny. Spelling is slavery. Free your mind and your furiously typing fingers will follow.

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Posted by chrishaire on May 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

If only you had an editor...

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Posted by Jaxx on May 13, 2015 at 10:01 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

What a disorganized clusterfuck. Despite Bowers best efforts to build up the significance of events ("the discontent was on dramatic display.." Really? Four people in the road for all of 3 minutes?), there seems to be very little support from the community for these protests. City council members would be hearing from their constituents if there was simmering unhappiness. Does anyone believe that economic boycotts will be successful?

I'm not opposed to the kinds of reforms that are being suggested, such as greater transparency and an end to racial profiling, but they seem like talking points rather than substantial policy suggestions. I think that's what the City Council is saying, too. What EXACTLY do you want? What specific changes should be made to the laws or standard operating procedures or training programs?

Any reforms would have a much better chance at being enacted if these protesters had accepted the mayor's original offer of private meetings instead of publicly demanding he be removed from office. Why should he meet with them now? Especially in light of their obvious lack of support.

Social media is not reality. It is easily ignored. Raising awareness is not enough. You have to make the change that you want when you have the opportunity. If you are hesitant or unsure of the changes that you want, nothing will happen. As we see one month later in the case of Walter Scott.

We need an African-American run think-tank that puts forth wonkish white papers on the best policy objectives to ensure blind justice.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on May 13, 2015 at 8:49 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Ima,

Good catch. And well played.

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Posted by chrishaire on May 13, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A month after Walter Scott's shooting, activists still calling for civilian police oversight

Ask not for whom the bell knells, it knells for you?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on May 13, 2015 at 3:13 PM
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