"We've been down this road before when justice was not served for the slaughtered — Mike Brown anyone? — so forgive me for appearing jaded." This case was investigated by the US Dept of Justice, headed by Eric Holder, a black man, and the evidence showed no wrong-doing by the policeman, so why do you keep perpetuating the untruth that justice was not served in this case? Mike Brown was not a little boy but a man over 6 feet tall and over 250 pounds. The first "eye-witness" of the crime lied as did many others, so let's keep to the facts instead of opinion. That would serve your students well. Thank you. As for this being a racist incident, how about the black cop that went along with the lies, is he racist, also?? I believe this was simply a bad cop doing what he thought he could get away with. As a white man who had his head bashed in in the 80's by a white cop, I realized that some cops are just bad and not necessarily racist. Btw, the judge didn't believe me either and nothing was done to the cop. He did later have his left hand fingers blown off by a gun wielding person and I surmised how it was tragic that it was not 8 inches more to the right.
I agree- Pronghorn for city council!
"Dwayne for city council"
As a famous, internationally known campaign advisor, I would strongly advise against Dwayne running for any office until he eschews the image and mentality that led him to get the vanity plate that adorns his S.U.V.; it's an opposition research team's dream.
You know I'm right, Dwayne. You do–so let's get whatever you're going to run for over with so you can focus more on being Dwayne Green, Esq.
Charleston's best ambulance chaser: "Murder charges were swiftly brought against him, he was fired from his job, and his lawyer dropped him like a hot rock." There's a reason David Aylor "dropped" him: he knew he was in over his head once the excruciatingly damning video evidence thankfully surfaced. Plus, as you know very well, he's a badass lawyer, Dwayne. Andy Savage is the only lawyer in the state who has the competence to take on this case. You'd never see that man rocking your plate on his car; he's too professional. It's an attitude that's taken him to the top. With more experience, Aylor will be there too by the time he gets to be around Savage's age. You'll still be the kind of lawyer that tells people he's an "attorney" when they ask the ever-obnoxious "What do you do?" question that you so love to field. You're not comfortable with with the L-Word. I bet you check into hotels as "Dwayne Green, Esquire".
Now, either go scrape enough neck-brace-case money together for a billboard on I-26, or try writing better columns that offer solutions.
By the way: is Charleston's homeless population still ruining your life? My thoughts have been with you during this trying time of open panhandling. Maybe you could cobble a lawsuit together to get rid of poor people; then you could run on that platform and you'd probably have a puncher's chance to win in this politically crazy town–with the added bonus of keeping your license plate.
You think you're getting a great deal for free exposure by writing these City Paper columns, but you're dead wrong because your writing and lack of ideas leave a heap to be desired.
You're a walking overruled objection.
I agree- Dwayne for city council!
Ugh, I don't know which City Paper opinion piece to respond to because you all say the same thing. So, I've chosen your column Dwayne but this is directed at all of you. Is there not an original thought among you or is the city to suffer endless platitudes about the system being "broken" and the "mistrust and racial tension" in the black community and the protest being "democracy" and the desperate need for "change". Of course, there is never any solution offered to help solve any of these problems. Only tired observations.
The message we need to be sending is that the city needs community participation in order to change. You can't change the system by importing astro-turf groups to make indignant speeches. You change the system by running for local office or becoming a police officer or SERVING your community in some way. You change the system from inside. Standing on the outside and demanding change is not democracy. Getting elected in order to enact change is democracy. And you don't get elected by intentionally stopping traffic and pissing everyone off.
I guess since Kearney is a 'Guest Columnist' his column does not have a title.
Too bad. I suggest 'Black Perspective'. Or maybe 'I'm Black!'
It's pretty hard to take seriously the comments of anyone who writes a column about Charleston's failure to embrace 'Hip-Hop Culture'. Please.
Beau Zough as someone who has known Mr. Kearney and his family since he was a child I can assure you he is not a racist. What he is, is a realist. What is wrong with preparing his students for the fact that although there is video you shouldn't expect a slam dunk verdict? Our judicial system is not perfect. Anything can happen between now and the trial. What if, God forbid, evidence is mishandled and thrown out? What if for some reason the tape is not allowed into evidence? The jurors will have to make a decision based on evidence such as the officers statement and radio calls. In that case we are looking at a not guilty verdict. Life happens and people make mistakes. Isn't it better to teach our children that although we should hope for the best and work towards that, sometimes life happens and you get the worst?
Even better, anyone carrying a firearm in public should be required to wear a body camera.
I've always tried to form an opinion on incidents involving police killing black men on an individual basis. The Garner case sickened me. Michael Brown seemed to force the cop's hand from all "evidence" presented. And, on first glance, Walter Scott seemed to do the same. If I'm a cop and someone takes my taser, then points it towards me, I'm sure I would shoot.
Then the video surfaces, and the truth comes out. Now I wonder how much of the Ferguson "evidence" was true. I will no longer take any police officer's "word" of what took place. Is this fair to all the good cops? Maybe not. But bad cops don't exist in a vacuum. Good cops have to know about the bad cops. If they can't police themselves, then they are complicit and their word is tainted. Habersham must have seen Slager planting evidence. If he didn't, surely he noticed 5 bullet holes in Wilson's back. Then he proceeds to lie in his report, helping to further advance Slager's distorted version of what took place: Scott forced Slager to shoot him, then Habersham valiantly tried to save his life. How many hundreds of incidents have played out in a similar way, without video evidence to dispute it?
All police officers should be outfitted with body cameras ASAP. Video doesn't lie. Clearly, some cops do.
I think you have an opportunity, Mr. Kearney. You have the opportunity to show these children how their community is different from those northern cities. You have the opportunity to show them that their community loves and cares about them and is focused on ensuring that justice is served in this case. You have the opportunity to communicate the need for them to become involved in the community. Tell them that we need them to consider law enforcement careers. Let them know that they can make a difference.
Have you identified any kids who might have an interest in a law enforcement career? I'll bet you could find internships or career days or ride-alongs or something that will help them get started. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to help shape the community. I hope you'll take best advantage of your role molding our future leaders.
I started to write a long diatribe. I realize that I would be wasting my time. You only see the color of someones skin. You, sir, are a racist. What more would you have "the system" do in this case? There appears to be justification for a conviction. Yet you tell your children "charges do not equal a conviction". Why do you feel it necessary to focus their minds to the negative. Why do you feel that you must lead them to fully believe that the system is so against them that there is no hope? Before you decry "look at the record", let me ask you to REALLY look at that record. In every case you have listed, full investigations were conducted by impartial groups who had full access to all of the information and the results they came up with were the most severe they could reach. The Justice department went through the Officers entire life and from every possible angle in Ferguson and could not reach a point to bring any charges. Just what is it that you want to see? Where is your outrage when someone NOT Black is affected? Why do you ONLY raise a question when it is White injuring Black? What about Black on Black? What about any race injuring any race? I don't know you, but my life's experience and my training tell me that you sir, are a Racist.
As an educator, should you not teach the truth, whole truth, and nothing but so that students can make educated and informed decisions based on all the facts, not just the ones that support your agenda?
Lotteries are voluntary! I play my home state lottery. The Massachusetts Lottery's Megabucks Doubler is open to all across the US. I subscribe with my phone, they charge a few dollars to ship tickets, but it raises revenue for the state.
It's a bit of fun!
I think that step one would be to figure out why they needed $56k per bed to build new dorms. $43mil should have gone a lot farther, especially in 2007 when the construction industry was starting to slide.
I think it's a little late to begin floating this stuff around. This would have been highly compelling and forward looking insight oh, say, 20 years ago.
Do you think your ridiculous and pompous vanity plate will come back to haunt you when you do run for office?
"there have to be some fundamental changes"
Another overdose of words from Mr. Green that mean nothing.
What are your solutions, sir? You never offer specifics on how to fix anything. You'll be a great politician.
I appreciate your input and perspective. It amazes me how the bigger picture is frequently (and conveniently) missed. I hear you and I know what you're point is - a very valid and significant point. As an oral historian, I'm not only personally aware of how imbalanced the story collection is (victors tend to the mic far more frequently than the victims) but I also appreciate and work towards giving everyone their say. Truth is not absolute. Thank you for speaking up!
After I heard someone recite something like a Dr. Sues book from memory, I would compliment them to. Bill Clinton is often praised for his auritory skills and it's not because he's white.
Ron, you're a true American and I commend you for continuing to fight the good fight.
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