"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.
Meanwhile City employees are required to work outside no matter the temperature. It is in the best interest of the Carriage Operators to take care of their animals. If they have horses dropping from the heat, they are not making a profit. Having an elected official who knows nothing of animal metabolism making these kinds of decisions based on the emotional testimony of an 'animal rights activist' is silly. In the early to mid 1800's, horses walked on Charleston streets all day and pulled wagons loaded much heavier than a carriage full of tourists. Same rules applied. If a business owner must constantly replace horses or pay vet bills to keep them working, they will not make money. The horses are cared for.
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!
Lynnar; everything you posted is spot on. The #1 hate crime in the United States is anti-Semitism. It is insane and evil, with no rationale other than the need to satisfy a hunger for vindictiveness. It is increasing in Europe because the sickeningly liberal governments in the EU treat migrants from Islamic states with kid gloves, letting them get away with far more than any citizen could. I would also add that there is another factor which is militant secularism which is becoming the cornerstone of a new global ethic, in which any sort of faith in a Divine being is seen as the cause of all of man's problems. Oddly enough this secularism on the offense also leaves Islam alone out of fear, and because it is usually so hostile to all other faiths but its own.
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?
I feel a monster amount of anger towards Michael Slager and his defense and hope they burn in hell for eternity ! The scumbags defending murderer (Michael Slager) have zero respect for Walter Scotts family. The 1st trial was rigged and wouldn't shock me if this one is too.
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.
There were 7,000 acts of anti-semitism under Obama that went largely unreported. So far the only person caught in this recent wave is a Trump hater and left winger. I suspect more people who get caught will also be left wingers. See this to read about the unreported anti-semitism under Obama
You do know slaves were held in the north as well? Or that free men of color also owned slaves?
OMG you are so my best friend in my head...thank you for writing this. I figured I would get that in before all the ignorance begins, Keep up the great work!
Under the Obama administration, Jewish hate crimes were never reported by the press. Even Fox News rarely reported. I know of the hate crimes, because of the reports I read on line from Israeli newspapers, and other American Jewish organizations. Being a child of a holocaust father, I am very aware of anti-semitism in this country AND in EUROPE, which seems to be overlooked by the main stream media as well. It is not just a white supremacist problem. Anti-semitism is running rampant on college campus's. Jewish students are being attacked at their frat houses and their organizations on campus.. There are boycotts on Israel ( BDS) practically on every campus. Jewish college students have appeared before Congress to tell them how bad it has gotten. Yet no one reports this. You can Google to find the video. Very powerful to see.
I Googled to see how many Hate Crimes were committed on Jews vs. Muslims in this country. More hate crimes are committed on Jews, yet this is the first time I am reading anything on anti-semitism. So the FBI stats from 2016 says: 22.2% were hate crimes against Muslims, but 51.3 % were against Jews. It is interesting that with a new administration, we finally got press on what happened to a few Jewish cemeteries in the mid West. And it was not reported who did it. I find it hard to believe that all the Jewish attacks were done by white supremacists.
But European Jews are fleeing to Israel and Canada because it is not safe for them. They cannot even walk on the street wearing a skull cap or a Jewish star. And there are no White supremacists that live in Europe. The rise in anti-semitism is due to the increase in Muslims. And it keeps getting worse. France had the largest Jewish population of Jews. 8000 moved to Israel after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The largest migration of Jews in Israel's history since it was formed. Malmo in Sweden is in very bad shape, where the Jews are terrified to walk the streets and have police all over their neighborhood to protect them. and it is not from white supremacists.
I think Americans need to take heed as to what is going on in Europe. The DNC wanted to elect a man as their Chairman, who had ties with Louis Farrakhan and denounced Jews and Israel. That is food for thought. Anti-semitism comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn't it?
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