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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: The Battery

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

75% of all statistics and polls are made up on the spot. See I just did it?
A recent poll of local food servers say 75% of blacks are bad tippers. See did it again.
A recent poll of African Americans say 75% don't care if you call them the N word and think white people wearing black face is funny and a sign of respect. See did it again .
A recent poll says white cops will shoot black people just for being black. Wait that might be true.
How about I don't want to come to SC because its a backward racist culture and proud of it.
Its not the Flag and here's one more statistic...
75% of people said they just don't care, there's plenty of freaking tourists to go around.

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Posted by bigideal0904 on October 5, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

just imagine the economic boost to the state if we could just get rid of all of the white people. progressive nirvana! until it becomes Detroit...

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Posted by ncspartan on October 4, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Breaking news! The GOP just published their analysis of the VP debate. And Pence won......before the debate even starts.....in about an hour. They're clairvoyant, no wonder they are so smart!

Posted by tupper29406 on October 4, 2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

In May 2000, the SC legislature voted 66 to 43, to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse dome and put a similar one at the Confederate memorial.

The NAACP was unhappy with the new location and decided to continue their tourism boycott. The flag was removed from the Confederate memorial in February 2006, and the NAACP lifted their boycott.

During the third quarter of 2006, state officials noticed an alarming drop in tourism revenues. After many surveys, studies and models, it was determined that a large segment of South Carolina's normal tourism market had ceased to visit the state. This segment comprised tourists from other Southern states.

"There was no organized boycott...." explains Tim Wheeler, VP of the SC Tourism Consortium. "It was mostly just word of mouth that spread like wildfire across the South."

"We just don't want to spend our money in a state that dishonors our ancestors and history," says JoAnn Reeves, President of Women for Southern Heritage. "Removing a Confederate flag from a Confederate memorial -- that was the last straw for us."

By the time the legislature convened in January 2009, annual tourism revenues were down ten percen from their 2004 levels, and both the government and private concerns that depend on tourism dollars were finding it difficult to make ends meet....

Edited from:
Rebel flag quietly goes back up
by Trace Gibbs
The State
Tuesday, March 16, 2016

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Posted by Connie Chastain on October 4, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

I hv lived in Charleston for 9 years and I never saw a Confederate Flag nor a bumper sticker. In fact I still see Obama bumper stickers. Now what other city would Blacks visit? Greenville? I am sure there were no Confederate Flags flying around there. And tourists certainly do not visit Columbia. What for? To see the State House? Don't think so. You come to South Carolina to visit Charleston. So taking down the Confederate Flag, although a sincere gesture, should not have stopped blacks from coming here.

I'm from NYC and grew up with blacks. They went to my Junior High school and High school and college. Worked together. Never saw they were treated any differently then I was by my teachers, or employers. And since I was down here? At the job I worked at, same thing. I never saw any prejudice.

So to me, Flag or no flag. My dad was a Holocaust survivor. I still see the swastika flag, but I deal with it. And just for some reference, I had researched, and still to this day, more HATE crimes are committed on Jews in this country, than on blacks and Muslims. And Jews make up the least amount of the American population. Perhaps America needs to work on the growing problem of Anti-semitism that is brewing in our country.

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Posted by lynnar on October 4, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

These days, we prefer our racism to be passive-aggressive, not overt. So sure, the removal of such a visceral symbol is going to help things, but the problem is not going away.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on October 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Rise in S.C. tourism among African-Americans following Confederate flag removal

"Researchers recently found that almost half of all out-of-state African-American travelers surveyed said that the flag’s removal increased their desire to visit the Palmetto State." But this does not say that it influenced their decision to visit, merely increased the desire. Perhaps the better question would have been "Would you have made this visit if the flag had not been removed?" But, then again, they probably wouldn't have had nearly as "dramatic" results. A poll can tell you whatever you want if you can frame the questions around the answers you're looking for and then present in the most favorable light ie. almost half sounds a whole lot more prominent than,say, 40%. And a further thought - was the same question asked to White visitors and how would their answers have skewed?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on October 4, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak at CofC on race in America

I saw Mr. Coates speak in North Carolina several months ago. His speech last 18 minutes, which was about the same length of time it took for the university president to introduce him. Coates seems to be a nice enough fellow, but he adds little or nothing to the national discourse on race.

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Posted by Gunnar on October 3, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Your comment is right there. Nobody's censuring, censoring, or banning you from commenting. You do you, Cosmo.

Posted by Sam Spence on October 3, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

I posted a comment with my own words and no link here this morning but it is gone. Have I been censured or banned from further comment? Are you a trump supporter and that is why my first amendment rights are being shut down? That would make sense because trump is a dictator in disguise? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks,

Cosmo Tupper

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Posted by tupper29406 on October 3, 2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “MOJA R&B concert faces financial crisis

another government bail out of a failure, just because! When does it stop?

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Posted by truthrus on October 1, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Developers return to architectural review board with Sgt. Jasper plans

How fun, the Beach Company gets to rape the Lowcountry with the approval of the politicians in search of a dolla.

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Posted by LuvtheNewslessCourier on September 30, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Townville, SC school shooting linked to local killing; Congress approves harbor deepening

That Firefighter Jamie Brock is a true hero and all of us could take a lesson from his bravery. Somebody starts shooting somebody tackle them ,hit them, run them over,shoot ,stab,seriously injure with a stick!!!
Anything, just stop running away from them. That feeds the psychos power . His actions saved a lot of young lives, the more this happens the more we need heroes to stop it. Brave men and women who act fast and at great risk. The more of these out there the less psychos will think they can get away with it.
This is not the land of the flee its the home of the brave.
I'm not saying don't be smart and situationally aware just dont be a chicken shit either.
He should get a freaking statue in his honor.
God Bless America and God bless this guy and everyone who acted so bravely to protect these children.
Please pray for the injured.

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Posted by bigideal0904 on September 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM
Posted by tupper29406 on September 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Tupper, no more copying and pasting article excerpts, please.

Posted by Sam Spence on September 29, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

He manufactures nothing in the US but screams we should bring manufacturing back to the US. Both sides of his mouth run-on independently while he violates embargos to make himself more of a one-percenter:


REPORT: Trump Violated US Trade Embargo On Cuba
September 29, 2016 2016 Election, Business, Scandal

Newsweek reports: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/14/donald-…

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.

The payment by Trump Hotels came just before the New York business mogul launched his first bid for the White House, seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. On his first day of the campaign, he traveled to Miami, where he spoke to a group of Cuban-Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state. Trump vowed to maintain the embargo and never spend his or his companies’ money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was removed from power. He did not disclose that, seven months earlier, Trump Hotels already had reimbursed its consultants for the money they spent on their secret business trip to Havana.

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Posted by tupper29406 on September 29, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Trump is purely for the Christians. All others need not apply:
https://t.co/0IafaNOp9I

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Posted by tupper29406 on September 29, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Forget the e-mails, the FBI needs to investigate Hillary for committing a murder on live TV.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on September 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

The New York Times is a biased rag. And who you calling lowest common denominator beeyotch.
Hitler was a madman who thought exterminating an entire race was sound thinking.
Trump is a visionary and a catalyst for change we need a position of strength in America .
Obama goes to China and they dont even roll out a set of steps for Air Force One? he has to take the rear emergency exit? The president of the Philippines call him a" son of a whore"/?
That is how we get respected internationally?
He may not be a polished politician but bet your ass they will be respectful .
" Speak softly and carry a big stick" Teddy Roosevelt
"The tree of liberty must sometimes be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants"
Thomas Jefferson
"Make America great again" Donald Trump
These are all bold statements flush with controversy.
There are a lot of things i wish were different about Trump as a former soldier i believe hes the best choice.
Please people not Hillary anything but Hillary.

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Posted by bigideal0904 on September 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the first 2016 presidential debate

Sound familiar?

http://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F…

The New York Times today published a review of a new biography on Adolf Hitler and the twitterverse is snickering over its many thinly-veiled allusions to Donald Trump. Here’s an excerpt:

Hitler was an effective orator and actor, Mr. Ullrich reminds readers, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences. Although he concealed his anti-Semitism beneath a “mask of moderation” when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus. Here, “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” Mr. Ullrich writes. He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order.

Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans. He often harked back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay.”

Hitler’s repertoire of topics, Mr. Ullrich notes, was limited, and reading his speeches in retrospect, “it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences” with “repeated mantralike phrases” consisting largely of “accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future.” But Hitler virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing in “Mein Kampf” that propaganda must appeal to the emotions — not the reasoning powers — of the crowd. Its “purely intellectual level,” Hitler said, “will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach.” Because the understanding of the masses “is feeble,” he went on, effective propaganda needed to be boiled down to a few slogans that should be “persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.”

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Posted by tupper29406 on September 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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