I certainly hope that I'm never in a situation where I have to make a decision of "coddle slavery apologists or lose my job." A lot of people around here have this bizarre fantasy that slavery was not, in fact, a bad thing. Bizarre not in the sense that it wasn't deliberately planted by decades of white supremacists and neo-Confederates, but bizarre in the sense that those people would no doubt also express extreme revulsion at becoming "slaves of the state through taxation" or that they "want what's best for their kids, like all people."
Of course, slaves didn't get to keep their kids if it didn't suit master. Slaves didn't get to keep their families, their identities, nor their cultural roots. They were humans treated as livestock, a free labor pool that allowed the South to cheat in their economy until the gravy train was forced to a stop at a cost of 600,000 dead Americans plus untold wounded. The Confederacy formed to protect the institution of slavery, as documented in the many articles of secession and enshrined in the Confederate Constitution. We didn't invent slavery, of course not... it was all over the bible as something the bad guys did. But we adopted it like a cherished child, and some have never gotten over that loss.
Those people are bad people. Slavery was THAT BAD.
Isn't it true that the jury could convict Slager of negligent homicide or voluntary manslaughter?
Thoughtful piece! Thank you for your well-stated narrative. By way of sharing a recent experience here, I did hear one tour guide in a relatively new establishment introduce her discussion of some "slave quarters" by reaching out to her audience "I don't know what you think about slavery"... Apparently, she had gotten push back from folks defending the institution and was trying to negotiate/tell a story without giving offense.
Cruising Down the Doo-Wop Lane is at 8 PM on Fridays, followed by Noodle's "Swing Shift" at 9 PM
As a garden guide at Middleton Place for over 20 years, I am willing to say definitively that no guide referred to an enslaved African as a "servant." We are well trained and frequently updated about any sensitivities in the story of Middleton Place. We take our roles seriously.
Regarding the convenience store story,
Yep ammonia and bleach are not a great idea to mix. You get Chloramine gas, or potentially hydrazine, both of which will kill you.
Mixing bleach and toilet bowl cleaner (an acid) will get you Chlorine gas, which can also kill you.
"Don't touch me, I have mens rea!"
Of all the words written in this opinion piece, truer words were never spoken (or written in this case) than to ask that Charlestonians "speak our true history out loud [and remain] vigilant in doing so." The management of the Middleton Place Foundation applauds the writers passion and her insistence that everyone can, and should, get Charleston's "story straight." To this day there remain too many narratives that fail to acknowledge the painful legacy that slavery has left us.
With that said, there is a suggestion in this piece that a guide at Middleton Place made little mention of "what the life of a slave actually entailed." Or that the guide substituted the word "servant" for "slave." The author is even willing to wager that that was the case. But it's a bet that can't be won because, lets face it, she does not know, and is unlikely to know, what the guide said to that tourist.
What readers should know, however, is that the Middleton Place Foundation is deeply committed to telling the complete story of Middleton Place, and not just of the white Middletons whose wealth could not have been achieved without slave labor. At Middleton Place, the staff and volunteer guides speak our true history out loud every day. They do it, most notably, on the Beyond the Fields tour that goes into detail - often disturbing detail - of what the life of a slave was like. The exhibit in Eliza's House, the product of years of meticulous research on the enslaved people owned by Middletons across generations, brings these people back into the light from the dark recesses of their lost and tragic family history. The work at Middleton Place is ongoing in this regard - it will never stop. The goal of getting the story straight may never be fully achieved, but the effort will continue, not because forgiveness is sought, but because of a firm belief that a hopeful future relies upon learning from - and never forgetting - the past.
This place is capital L Legit. If you like actual Korean food (as in, what you are served in Korea) then go here. I am happy we have such a restaurant in CHS and I've been twice in the past ten days since first trying it.
Also, a few interesting things here:
On the islands, it looks like Folly was divided, SI was for Clinton and IOP was for Trump.
Downtown was for Clinton except, it seems (I am not familiar with districts downtown), the Battery was for Trump.
Mount Pleasure was mostly for Trump except a couple pockets and North Charleston was the opposite.
What percentage of people are "eligible" in urban vs rural areas, though? That word makes all the difference and the fact that it's used instead of a straight rural vs urban per capita comparison is telling. If only 10% of the rural population is eligible vs 60% of the (much larger overall) urban population then that's a huge figure.
Graham has to go. We need new blood. he stands for nothing.
This better jschicke:
Facebook was not the source. The link to facebook was in the news item I read. Thank you.
Love Brandon's food!
Really uncool of him to do that. Not very artisanal
Really uncool of him to do that. Ungrateful
I would love to know how many of these young people protesting took the time to actually cast any vote at all.
"PORTLAND, Ore. More than 70 percent of the 112 anti-Trump protesters arrested in Portland didnt vote in Oregon, according to state election records. The other approximately 30 percent did cast a ballot in Oregon or in another state."
Excited for the transition. One of the best spots in Mt P.
Update: Tupper, I found your story in other mainstream news services. I can agree that the incident was deplorable. I read that the manager of the Chilli's has been removed, as he should have been. Even if the man were not a veteran, I do not believe a Chilli's manager is informed enough to make that opinion. The chain has contacted Mr. Walker to extend an apology and are working on a solution that 'promotes trust and healing'. Anyone with a small sampling of military history knows that African-Americans have served in Germany.
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