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?
I am so glad to hear about the change. I am from NYC and they take the horses off the street from Central Park when it hits 90 degrees. When I moved down here 9 years ago, I freaked out that the horses were driven in this heat. I did take some carriage rides when friends visited and got to talk with the drivers and went back to where the horses are kept. I am a big animal lover and give to animal and dog rescues and am an owner of a dog. I cannot deal with any animal cruelty. I will say the horses are very well taken care of and are given shifts and have fans in the stables and sprayed continuously with cool water. Yet, I still felt in the back of my mind that the heat here still takes a toll on the horses.
I am all for small business and capitalism. And for the gov't to stay out of our lives as much as they can. More times than most, they screw up things. As far as climate change or global warming, call it what you want. It gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Today it is very cold here, and will drop to 29 degrees tonite. My friends were calling me from NY last night in a blizzard and it's March. During the 30's, the entire Mid West had the biggest drought since they kept record, and the hottest summers. CA back in the 60's had one of the worst droughts. I remember, because i was a kid and my mom took me on a 3 week vacation there and it was all they could talk about. You had to ask for a glass of water. Now they had another one for 5 years, and then the heavens opened. Their reservoirs are now all filled to capacity. I was talking to a guy at the dog run the other day and he is from central CA and his parents own a walnut farm and he filled me in. Straight from the horses mouth. No pun intended.
As far as I am concerned, the horses should have been pulled off years ago. To me it's all about common sense. And this has to do with living beings. Politics should not enter into it, nor climate change or global warming.....
While it's easy to compare the Confederate flag to the Nazi flag, due to its use by wealthy Southern planters (who were the ones who promoted slavery, controlled slavery and owned all the slaves), to it's appropriation by more modern racist organizations, let's not forget that the vast majority of farmers throughout the South, most dirt poor, never owning slaves and significantly hurt economically by slavery, serving in the war and rallied around it for other, less vile reasons.
Having been born and raised in the South, and who have ancestors who not only never served in the Confederacy, but served in officer positions in Southern Union forces (Tennessee, Louisiana and Kentucky), let's not forget that the Cherokees, Creeks, Shawnee, Creoles, Seminole, 1840 Texicans and 1782 British loyalists could make a similar strong, cogent argument against our current American flag.
Great article, very well written.
"I dont know if yall remember last summer and you can blame it on whatever you want but I believe the climate is changing on this planet and its getting hotter, said Mayor John Tecklenburg. We need to be sensitive to the temperature to the horses and their working conditions."
OK, the climate is getting hotter. So the horses are losing heat tolerance because the temperatures are rising? I'll bet 98 degrees this Summer effects the horses exactly the same as it has for the last 20 years.
Apparently the Mayor thinks that horses handle the same temperatures differently from before if the average temperature rises. Mayor, whether the industry needs stricter regulations or not may need consideration, but your comment in relation to the argument is just plain stupid
Folly Gras was a drunken disaster, but primarily due to poor planning. No proper age-to-drink wristband rules, over serving of alcohol by bartenders, huge lack of porta potties, not enough police and, as usual, lack of adequate parking or means to direct the traffic flow due to the massive number of cars.
Interesting how North Charleston just had a similar event Saturday afternoon for St. Patrick's Day, one exclusively dedicated to drinking, and had a fraction of the problems. Perhaps Mayor Goodwin should call Mayor Summey to get an understanding of how these things should be done.
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