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Re: “PHOTOS: Day One of inaugural High Water Festival

I counted four Black people in over 130 photos on the HWF Instagram page. So, I checked the tags. Nope. I checked the event's advertisements. Anything about including them? Nope. And so few Black/POC bands?

Really, Charleston? Really?

Black people INVENTED the music the white bands are all playing! They are an integral part of Charleston's past, present, and (hopefully) future culture. They've suffered endless hatred, violence, and discrimination since the day their ancestors were put in chains.

Charleston: HOW MANY MORE ATROCITIES AGAINST YOUR FOUNDING NEIGHBORS HAVE TO TAKE PLACE BEFORE YOU START TAILORING EVENTS TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY?! Do y'all really need another church shooting before you're ACTUALLY "Charleston Strong"? Have y'all forgotten about standing thousands strong in solidarity with your Black sisters and brothers after the AME massacre on a bridge named after a rich, gentrifying snob? Do y'all remember saying 'never again'?

How does anyone hold a festival after something like that -- let alone, the hundreds of years of violence and oppression against Black people -- AND NOT INCLUDE THEM?!

Because of its history of violence and oppression of our Black sisters and brothers, its white residents should stop using words like "exclusive" when marketing these events. From their inception, ideas should create just as much space for Black faces as they do for white ones (I'll capitalize 'white' when we deserve it), especially when it's held in the next to-be-gentrified corridor of the area.

I'm not calling it's organizers and marketers racists -- I'm calling them thoughtless, and thoughtlessness breeds the "how could this have happeneds" of the world.

If you're white, it's your responsibility to police your thoughts, speech, language, and actions for privilege, and to FIX IT. If you're white, you've been racist. Even if you don't don a sheet or burn crosses or terrorize or kill Black people, you've done it. We're white, and because we're white, we've all done it. I have.

However, "I didn't mean it THAT way" isn't an excuse. It's a slap in the already mercilessly beaten face of Black humanity. Maybe if we whites TRY to include our Black and POC sisters and brothers -- our NEIGHBORS, upon whose backs and souls this entire country has been built -- from the beginning, we'll actually begin to change it.

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Posted by Gabriel Gotaway on April 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “PHOTOS: Day One of inaugural High Water Festival

Great music. Criminally over-priced amenities.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on April 24, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “PHOTOS: Day One of inaugural High Water Festival

I think she said "just a sliver of the talent" found in Charleston... unless there be snakes here.

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Posted by Ron Wiltrout on April 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “PHOTOS: Day One of inaugural High Water Festival

An absolutely amazing festival. My hat off to everyone that organized.
Kevin Brunson

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on April 24, 2017 at 9:33 AM
Posted by Brian Tamling on April 21, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Crab Claw gets mullet envy in new "Scoot, Scoot" video... Southern Charm appearance coming?

This guy is something else. True gift to the world

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Posted by Johnny Delaware on April 18, 2017 at 1:02 AM
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