I was bullied mercilessly in my class, in Prague, from 6th grade to 9th, when we escaped to Austria. I was being assaulted, slandered, ridiculed, by most of the boys in my class. It was hell, I was sometimes suicidal. They were criminals, they deserved to rot in prison. But we students had a no tattling policy, so the teachers did not know. The boys were all of them white. But they were vicious criminals.
I was at that meeting. Elliott Summey ate crow and Henry Darby had a meltdown.
The people who got up to speak were genuinely pissed off. Darby and Summey were required to be at that meeting. Those speakers weren't. They were citizens who felt strongly enough about the issues (especially Summey's comments about Anna Johnson) to get up off the couch after a long day of work and come out to tell the council how they felt. They (the speakers) were not professional politicians. They were mostly ordinary people who spoke from the heart.
Vic Rawls should understand by now that : 1. Sometimes your boss yells at you. That's a good time to listen. and 2. Real democracy is noisy. And messy. If he doesn't get this maybe he belongs in another place ... perhaps in the 19th century.
Jessie, don't always agree with your political point of view but I would have to agree with your premise here, there is a time for everything. I've sat on many meetings where most of the people present knew exactly what was afoot and completely disapproved, but did nothing because they were afraid to take the heat from certain 'nice' power players. Civility and common courtesy in public discourse are important, there is something to be said for the southerner's way of calling someone a jackass without using that word, or being a jackass in the process, Mr. Summy however has certainly failed in that regard. We've all known since our days in junior high that civility and common courtesy can be handy tools for intimidation and manipulation. Interesting article, thanks.
You are my best friend in the head too!
Great article A++++ You nailed Hicks and his snarky hypocrisy perfectly, as well as the soap opera going on at Charleston County Council.
Salidude, laughing at the rubes is all well and good but the problem with living in a society is the strife these people inflict upon themselves ends up destroying everything around them as well. It's collateral damage we cannot afford.
Believe me, I do smirk at the thought of people who voted for Trump not realizing they are going to lose their healthcare and are not getting their coal mining jobs back, but their misery does not exist in a vacuum. Fear won the last election, and it's affecting all of us.
"You do know slaves were held in the north as well? Or that free men of color also owned slaves"
What's your point? Does that make it okay? Why aren't the descendants of those Yankees and "free men of color" constantly yammering on about their heritage then?
I liked this article though I support ones right to display the flag should they wish. To me, the flag doesn't not represent the hate, slavery or white supremacy, though I realize that to many, it does. I ,however, will not support someone being 'uncomfortable' with the flag as being just cause to remove it from a memorial. Fly the ANC flag if you wish, I do not like it, but will support your decision to fly it. Fly the NAZI flag if that is your preference, if nothing else, it lets me know where the people I stand against congregate. Just remember, the flag is a piece of colored cloth. What it stands for can change depending upon your point of view, and the environment in which it is displayed.
You should learn to embrace the suck and sit back and enjoy the spectacle of hateful " Christian" hypocrites getting poorer and poorer as those they elect blatantly rip them off. They deserve to be poor with crappy education and low paying jobs it's what they voted for!
I've been to more meetings than I'll ever be able to remember in 30 years as an active citizen in Charleston. I've done them all kinds of ways. As an attorney, I'm required by the Supreme Court of SC to be Civil to Public Officials by rule, so I am. I've seen the amount of time given to the public to express themselves at these meetings shrink from 5 minutes to two and in the case of the School board, I believe 1 minute. Mot of my work is with public transit. I was at the CARTA board meeting yesterday.
Charleston was once a fun, rewarding place to be young. When I returned form Law School in 1985 the Minimum wage was about $4.25 and hour. Rent on a nice apartment in a historic neighborhood downtown was $300 a month. Plenty were available for $250 and less. My wife and I bought a townhouse, on Logan street as Newlyweds for 90 thousand dollars in 1997, which was less than two years gross income. At age 32 my health insurance premium for myself and my son was $200 per month for a $250 deductible and a $500 max, 10% co payment. Political involvement was fun and rewarding.
If people here now in their 20s (black or white) could fully grasp how much worse their choices and options are than they were here 30 years ago, I suspect their level of rage would have elected officials meeting behind bullet proof glass. Charleston's young people now work long hard hours for a much lower quality of life and they're held in contempt by their elected officials, with some exceptions.
Trump is about to gut all sorts of programs, many focused on the disabled and elderly. The decent, inclusive society we expected to have all those years ago is about to be flattened.
I don't think polite smiles are going to get it done. I don't think outright violence is appropriate either. However, it's going to take the most aggressive tactics possible to avoid the nightmare planned for the next generation. You are running out of time and what you lose may be impossible to recover.
Calling it like it is. Stay fierce, Jessie.
This! (Also, #sorryboutcha for going in so hard these past two columns, Mr. Hicks, but I promise to stop if you'll refrain from oozing regressive nonsense at Black activists from your festering microcosm of privilege.) <3 <3 <3
Why do you hate White people?
Oh, I get it. Cigarettes are taboo now, so foul language will make us cool.
This was truly an honest and amazing piece. Thank you for allies like yourself.
Thinks for this, I guess if it comes from one of there own then they just my get heard. I'm so sick of those raciest summeys!!!!!
How do we get to the point where we start building a better community? Can we start by bringing up the most undeserved community and look at the black community as our own?
I love tbis type of espressive non repressed commentary
Jessie, You speak the truth that so few wish to hear. As I read this article I was brought back for some reason to my childhood and Mtv' s the Real World...The tag line rings through my head like a Old church bell find out what happens when people STOP being Polite and start Getting REAL. All, i can say is Buckle your seat belts it's about to be a bumpy ride for the bias government officials.
You do know slaves were held in the north as well? Or that free men of color also owned slaves?
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