Great article Shanie! I'm a native and it's good to hear your perspective as a newer resident. I will submit to you that some of what you are experiencing might be age related as well. As a suburban wife, mother and career professional, my social circles are very diverse, especially with activities involving our children. But, as I remember my single days here, I remember exactly what you are writing about. Most of the social events I attended were sponsored by African-American organizations (i.e. fraternities, sororities, other urban/society organizations/musical). You are right, we can do better. Welcome to Charleston!
Yeah because everyone loves to ride home in 90 degrees and pop up thunderstorms.
This should have been done years ago. Now with the growth already happening and planned, DOT would just re-claim the lane soon after.
Weed out the feel-gooders, the hippies, the people that won't ride because of distance to the bridge, and the people that won't ride 75% of the time and what are you left with ridership wise?
DONALD TRUMP WILL WIN BY 3+% POINTS,HILARY IS DONE
Best way to alleviate traffic would be to offer alternate solutions. I.e put in a bike lane. It's the if you build it, they will come concept. The only real problem with that is how people of the greater Charleston area lack any foresight and do not seem to adapt to change very well.
With the significant wealth divide between white families and black families in SC (P&C reported $133K v $14K median net worth) reinforces the notion that the problem is much deeper than self segregation, which is no new concept here in Charleston or other major cities around the country. Perhaps it's more systemic rather than not showing up or being invited to a cocktail party in an affluent part of town... but rooted in equitable education, hiring practices, housing, etc...which you mention. Real data on the issue would benefit this lagging element of Charleston's growth.
I'm happy to read someone who is addressing the mutual self-segregation reality behind Charleston's over arching racial disparity and not just putting blame squarely on white people being racists. I firmly believe that most segregation (all race aside) sits upon socio-economic lines; I want to be around people with mutual goals and interests and who are positive influences. If you don't meet this standard, I don't really want to be around you in a social setting and won't allow you into my circle. Now take that and plug in different descriptors and you have universal self-segregation. Frankly, I'm ok with it.
"When I first moved here, I remember hearing that some local organizations were considering offering scholarships or reduced ticket prices to encourage people of color to attend events. That's just insulting. What on earth would make someone think that the only way a black person can attend a charity event is if he or she is receiving charity?"
Basically, in a microcosm, this is the policy of the Democrats towards blacks for decades. Indeed, you should feel insulted!
We get it, you're against Trump. No one cares.
I agree, take that leap, jump that hurdle, but randomly inviting a nobody or even someone with a personality you don't like is not what we're talking about, right?
Ride your little bikes right into the Ashley.
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Agree 100%. Great article.
Great article and 100% on point. Thank you for raising this issue! Sometimes it takes the viewpoint of someone newer to the area to highlight what long-time residents have become accustomed to. We can do better as a city and things definitely need to change.
Having grown up in Park Forest, Illinois (suburb 50 miles south of Chicago) during the 70's-80's I can honestly say that my little town over forty years ago was much more progressive than Charleston is now. Currently, I live in Columbia, South Carolina, which is much more inclusive and diverse due to the University of South Carolina's many other transplants. Time to move forward Charleston & talk, no, shout out just how important cultural diversity is by loving and including all from conversations to social events.
Visit North Charleston! Check out Remount rd, so much diversity it'll blow your mind. Also check out America St. I'm sure the people there would love to meet you.
I've been a DJ in Chas for a decade now...I can't even count on my hands how many times I've lost gigs because I attract too many black people. One owner of a market st venue actually counts the number of black people that enter.
I have also had white friends at "black" clubs that get verbally harrassed simply for attending.There really is a noticeable diversity and self segregation problem here.
Trump Brags About Using “Other People’s Money” Amidst Reports Of Illegal Charity Spending [VIDEO] https://youtu.be/WCpZyVtiz0s
September 21, 2016 2016 Election, Scandal, Teabagistan
Donald Trump bragged Tuesday there’s “nothing like” using other people’s money, hours after a report said he used more than $250,000 from his charitable organization to litigate lawsuits against his business interests. Trump, while calling for building safe zones in Syria financed by Gulf states, vaunted the benefits of doing business with “OPM.”
“It’s called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money,” Trump said. “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk.”
His comments came on the heels of a Washington Post report published earlier Tuesday, which called attention to Trump’s funneling of contributions from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to charities in order to settle lawsuits against Trump. Trump has only sparsely contributed to his foundation. Instead, the foundation is largely funded by outside donors — not Trump himself.
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