I had to Google step-and-repeat as at first I thought they were talking about the way you walk down the aisle when you are a bridesmaid but then remembered that's step and pause and then I thought of shampoo and thought, maybe, Suave is sponsoring the charity event. It must be a minor celebrity knowledge thing they all have.
"And although a few neighbors may have won in this instance, it's the rest of us that have certainly lost out on something wonderful."
Okay, now I'm totally convinced that Dwayne Green is a program created by the Chamber of Commerce to automatically respond to any zoning issue with 950 words of inane talking points.
If the Beach Company proposed a Golden Nugget Casino on Magnolia Cemetery, the DwayneBot would respond in the City Paper with an article recycling his due process arguments and lamenting the cultural and aesthetic loss of a national treasure.
Thank you, your writing truly has me laughing out loud. Your recaps are so much better than the show(although this doesn't stop me from watching the trainwreck.) Keep up the great work.
Now that is dedication! May your bunsen burners burn forever! Good luck.
Put it next to your home.
You are white. Were you at the festival? Clearly you were not because if you were you would know that there were black people attending and there were black artists. Get a grip just because you have deep seeded racist thoughts doesnt mean you need to turn things that clearly arent racial issues into them.
I completely agree with your perspective on this situation. It's really unfortunate that the NIMBY neighborhood crew can override common sense and undermine an effort that would have resulted in a benefit for the city at large. And I don't believe the neighbors in this case even have a valid complaint as the property is effectively surrounded by streets, parking lots, churches and a park none of which would be impacted by any potential noise issues.
Donna, due to a publishing error on the CP site, I double submitted my last response by accident, which is worth knowing due to the inflammatory nature of my post.
That said, isn't it absolutely weird that a festival which brought so many people together was nearly devoid of any bodies other than white ones? In a city so recently rocked by the hateful murder of Black citizens, isn't it bonkers that it's back to its business of gentrification and marginalization? Isn't it strange that so many white neighbors, once standing in solidarity with their Black neighbors on that bridge, are back to leaving racist commentary on their neighborhood Facebook pages? Isn't it screwed up that white people throw extravagant parties and even get married on the plantations where so many Black women, men, and children lost their lives -- and not simply "lost", but enslaved, raped, tortured, and murdered? Isn't it messed up that Black people are trustworthy enough to hire as janitors, servers, chefs, entertainment, and security guards for these events, but they're not trustworthy enough to live next door to? Isn't it horrible that the city will always choose uprooting Black citizens from their homes for pennies on the dollar over displacing white citizens to build whatever new and exclusive restaurant or hotel or bridge? Isn't it remarkable how many Black faces aren't surrounding you at so many bars and restaurants in Charleston? By your rationale, maybe they don't like nights out. But maybe, just maybe it's because they're simply not invited. Not marketed to, not asked for their opinions. Dissuaded, impeded, and in purgatory for being alive. Isn't it interesting that almost everything in our white culture (except for racism, mind you) is appropriated from Black culture? Popular music, dance, the slang words in our conversations and gang signs thrown up next to the duck faces in our photos...isn't it ridiculous that we can assimilate all of it and it makes us cool, but we can't accept the tastemakers who invented it?
Sounds like it's us, the white people, who need to get a grip -- or, better yet, loosen the grip we've been using to choke out our fellow and equal humans.
Here's an idea: remember how buses were helping many women get to the march who couldn't have afforded a flight, etc.? Maybe try that with the next festival -- can't afford $100 a person? That's okay, we've got you, friend. Maybe post flyers in all neighborhoods, ones which don't use terms like "exclusive beverage offerings" (barf), but say things like "beer" or "food", and get in touch with their leaders to let them know that all are to be included and invited.
Until that day, "Charleston Strong" is just another whited-out message.
It has nothing to do with black or white. It is music!
If you want to go there... there are many things I don't hear about, but don't consider it a racial issue. You are the one trying to make a big deal about something that is not racial at all. Again, get a grip!!!
Congratulations on contributing your white privileged response, Donna.
If you'd like to point out just how it was marketed to the entire community, I'd welcome an actual, well-thought out rebuttal.
Your recaps are amazing! I love your sense of humor. This is truly better than watching the episode. You have Whitney pegged to a tee. The comment about Craig and the horses put me over the edge! My only hope is that people do not think that everyone in Charleston acts like this!
What? Maybe it is not their choice of music! Everyone was welcome to the High-water festival. Get over it!
Go Team South Carolina!
I counted four Black people in over 130 photos on the HWF Instagram page. So, I checked the tags. Nope. I checked the event's advertisements. Anything about including them? Nope. And so few Black/POC bands?
Really, Charleston? Really?
Black people INVENTED the music the white bands are all playing! They are an integral part of Charleston's past, present, and (hopefully) future culture. They've suffered endless hatred, violence, and discrimination since the day their ancestors were put in chains.
Charleston: HOW MANY MORE ATROCITIES AGAINST YOUR FOUNDING NEIGHBORS HAVE TO TAKE PLACE BEFORE YOU START TAILORING EVENTS TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY?! Do y'all really need another church shooting before you're ACTUALLY "Charleston Strong"? Have y'all forgotten about standing thousands strong in solidarity with your Black sisters and brothers after the AME massacre on a bridge named after a rich, gentrifying snob? Do y'all remember saying 'never again'?
How does anyone hold a festival after something like that -- let alone, the hundreds of years of violence and oppression against Black people -- AND NOT INCLUDE THEM?!
Because of its history of violence and oppression of our Black sisters and brothers, its white residents should stop using words like "exclusive" when marketing these events. From their inception, ideas should create just as much space for Black faces as they do for white ones (I'll capitalize 'white' when we deserve it), especially when it's held in the next to-be-gentrified corridor of the area.
I'm not calling it's organizers and marketers racists -- I'm calling them thoughtless, and thoughtlessness breeds the "how could this have happeneds" of the world.
If you're white, it's your responsibility to police your thoughts, speech, language, and actions for privilege, and to FIX IT. If you're white, you've been racist. Even if you don't don a sheet or burn crosses or terrorize or kill Black people, you've done it. We're white, and because we're white, we've all done it. I have.
However, "I didn't mean it THAT way" isn't an excuse. It's a slap in the already mercilessly beaten face of Black humanity. Maybe if we whites TRY to include our Black and POC sisters and brothers -- our NEIGHBORS, upon whose backs and souls this entire country has been built -- from the beginning, we'll actually begin to change it.
Dlylan roof is obsessed with the Confederate flag? I think liberals are more obsessed with it. The AME murderer had a 3" by 5" flag on a stick. Execute the punk for what he did, but stop using his pale behind as an excuse to remove historical markers and the flag.
Liberte, I like to think that the taxes they use for these renovations is recouped by the income taken in from taxes on the properties, and money spent by tourists who visit the hotels and refurbished beaches.
no. the logic i would use is horses are work animals and have been forever. because some folks feel otherwise is fine. but at the end of the day it's an animal. i make my dog sit for a treat everyday. am I to be reprimanded for doing what the animal wants to do? get some food?
these animals are loved. do they get spooked? sure. like my dog every time she sees a squirrel.
300 years is a blip in nature. so yes, i would say it was fine 300 years ago it should be fine now.
Beach erosion is a natural geological process. What is unnatural is taxpayers constantly being forced to subsidize wealthy ocean-front homeowners and hotels.
Great music. Criminally over-priced amenities.
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