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Re: “City's panhandling ordinance ignores the real problem

The Utah plan is pretty sensible and is very cost effective. They probably should drug test them, though, not for eligibility but to help them with any addiction issues which cause a great deal of homelessness.

Posted by nofaith on July 29, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “City's panhandling ordinance ignores the real problem

Take a look at the intersection of Lockwood drive and 17 just off the bridge into Charleston. A palmetto tree stands with its sides stuffed with trash and plastic bags. Even a folded cardboard "please help" sign is stowed in the tree for easy access. The ground around the tree is littered with bottles, chip bags, and other filth. The defiling of this symbol of our city is a perfect example of why this "freedom" should be made illegal again.

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Posted by SonnyJerkinson on July 29, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Re: “The branding of public buildings and the tragedy of Ira Glass

What a bizarre and narrow-minded take from a corner of the media that's been kept on life-support for more than a decade by drinking, smoking and classified ads for "massage therapists," not to mention the slimy "sponsored links" at the bottom of your column. Ira Glass is a creative professional who came up with one of the most recognizable radio/media brands of the past two decades. He deserves to profit from his creativity, just as you would from your column if it were ever to be syndicated. Public radio gets almost twice as much funding from individuals as it does from corporations. Part of capitalism is paying for content. Individual contributions are essentially a subscription model rather than an ad-revenue model. The subscription model is twice as lucrative for public radio as corporate sponsorship, which is still a far cry from cable news and print media. That's non-corporate capitalism. You may not like it but it's not what your article claims.

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Posted by Shandon Fowler on July 27, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The branding of public buildings and the tragedy of Ira Glass

I'm so familiar with This American Life that I can totally imagine what Ira Glass sounds like in the above example: it's his typical schmaltzy shtick with a bit of irony. Humor! Everything is not about political correctness. Sometimes things are just funny.

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Posted by Radish Rabanette on July 23, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Re: “The branding of public buildings and the tragedy of Ira Glass

I lost all respect for Ira Glass with his opening line in his CP interview 3 years ago, '"So you're a Jew and you live in Charleston. How's that going?" So the NPR darling from Chicago is as bigoted about the South as the rest of them. Trying to make points with CP's Sarah Cohen, comiserating about the maltreatment of Jews in the South without knowing that Charleston's Jewish community is way older than the one he celebrates. Since he likes to believe in stereotypes, should we ask him why he wants to own an NPR property?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 22, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

"That's 3.5 times greater than the number of African-American owned firms."
Yes, but at least half of the population of Charleston is female. Only 31% is African American.

Posted by TROLLSLAYER on July 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

I think Mat captures my thoughts pretty well. Removing the flag is nice, but it's symbolism over substance. More has to be done.

Which is the better outcome for society:

A. Removing the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds

or

B. Police wearing body cameras (hypothetically available to the public)

Of course, the correct answer is C, all of the above but the flag seems like such low hanging fruit that we could have asked for more. A conversation about the differences between racism in the north vs the south at the least. I think combating racism in Charleston will have different solution than say, Baltimore or New York, where inner city poverty is the main the problem. It's my view that Charleston would be helped by more investment in minority owned businesses. I would like to see changes to the banking sector that refuses to extend the types of loans needed to applicants with names like Latisha. Perhaps instead of FDIC deposits, we should nationalize a non-profit bank.

But like Mat says, I don't feel like I have any right to speak to the needs of the black community, but here are some interesting statistics from the US Census Bureau,

Only 8.1% of businesses in the City of Charleston are owned by African-Americans. That's 33% lower than the state average of 12.1%.

In contrast, women owned businesses account for 28.1% of the total firms in the city of Charleston. That's 3.5 times greater than the number of African-American owned firms.

Meanwhile, in North Charleston 23.9% of the firms are owned by African-Americans while 26.8% of firms are owned by women.

So a relevant question for any mayoral candidate is why the city of Charleston has a below average level of African-American business ownership and what plan they have for improving those numbers.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on July 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

HUH?

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Posted by John B Sales on July 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

Mat, this is the most convoluted and, ultimately, pointless article I think you could have written on the subject of race relations, if, indeed, that was what it was about. So, white people shouldn't talk about race because we have no idea what it's like to be a "person of color" (colored person?) in America. And we have to "shed white privilege". And getting rid of symbols and monuments will not change anything. Okay, so, why worry about it then? Why not just treat black people like we do white people? Why not just "do unto others"? That seems to be a better start than any of the "non-ideas" you littered this column with. Yeah, slavery was terrible and guess what: nobody here has ever had or been a slave. Most of your readership doesn't even remember any Jim Crow laws unless they've had a class in it. And, if there's a problem between the races, don't you think both races legitimately have a role in the solution? Next time you don't know what to say about a topic, how about write about something you do know about?

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Posted by Gloria B. Jenkins on July 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue, street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
~ George Orwell, 1984

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Posted by Deborah Allen Martin on July 12, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

it should not be on public property but beyond that, throwing things down the memory hole is scary.
Also every country, society, and culture has had slavery.
but we should also get credit for the good, you know , electricity, medical teck, cars, computers,...the modern world.

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Posted by martin stuart on July 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

@artrogue... "Totalitarians are a different breed. These are the people who have a plan, who think they see the future more clearly than you or who are convinced they grasp reality in a way that you do not. They don’t serve themselves—or, they don’t serve themselves exclusively—they serve History, or The People, or The Idea, or some other ideological totem that justifies their actions."

WOW, I sure would love to know more about this philosophy. I am one that thinks he does sees thing more clearly than others. I do not agree with the below of your above statements, but certainly have a firm foothold in the aformention definition of a Totalitarin. Thank you for putting a definition on my general thought process.

I, though, would love to understand how those who think that robbing a dollar general will net them any actual benefit and how they see the world as clearly as I do? Does this speak to you in racial terms? I could elaborate this thought further, but I assume that you comprehend the point I am making.

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Posted by Craig D on July 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

I still remember years ago crossing into SC from NC on 301, the first thing you saw was a huge billboard of a clansman on a horse; and it said something like "welcome to South Carolina, home of the KKK".

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on July 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

"General Lee freed his BEFORE the civil war and openly voiced disapproval of slavery."

He did a really good job raiding freed black towns during the Gettysburg campaign and driving them back South into slavery.

http://deadconfederates.com/2010/07/01/old…

He too was an asshole.

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Posted by leemajors on July 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

OLDMAN, what was Lincolns opinions on blacks? Did he believe in equality? No!
Did he support a colony just for blacks? Yes! Did he think that they should vote? No! Why did he not free slaves in the non-rebelling states?

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Posted by truthrus on July 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

Generals Grant and Sherman still owned slaves throughout the civil war and did not free them until they were forced to in 1865. wasn't the 13th amendment signed in 1863? They should dig up those bastards graves also. General Lee freed his BEFORE the civil war and openly voiced disapproval of slavery.

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Posted by truthrus on July 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

I agree that removing the flag is not enough, but the concern I have is that nothing ever will be. Is this an eternal debt or is there an actual ending point?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

truthrus- same shit different day - yes, the Confederate flag was only associated with the last four out of 246 years, but that flag was created to represent the portion of the population that had supported slavery for all 246. So get off that 4 year line, we've all read your crap far more times than necessary and STFU

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

Finally a definition of many of you posters on the city paper. You know who you are. :))

Totalitarians are a different breed. These are the people who have a plan, who think they see the future more clearly than you or who are convinced they grasp reality in a way that you do not. They don’t serve themselves—or, they don’t serve themselves exclusively—they serve History, or The People, or The Idea, or some other ideological totem that justifies their actions.

They want obedience, of course. But even more, they want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining. And the only way to achieve that is to create a new society of people who share those beliefs, even if it means bludgeoning every last citizen into enlightenment.
That’s what makes totalitarians different and more dangerous: they are “totalistic” in the sense that they demand a complete reorientation of the individual to the State and its ideological ends.
Every person who harbors a secret objection, or even so much as a doubt, is a danger to the future of the whole project, and so the regime compels its subjects not only to obey but to believe.

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Posted by artrogue on July 10, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Removing the Confederate flag isn't enough

Now that the flag is down can we get to serious business, such as how 21 million federal employees were hacked and why the Obama administration lied about the original number? I haven't seen any mention of this in this paper or the real media until this week. Those responsible were happy that the dumb masses were concentrating on the flag issue instead. If 21 million homes had been broken into overnight it would have made headlines, but instead we make ourselves feel good by worrying about a fucking flag!!! What fucking sheep you are.

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Posted by Showmoor on July 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM
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