Fixing our downtown schools will be a huge help. Lifelong friendships, shared experiences, and perceptions start there. The city has recently revamped the downtown elementary schools, and there's now good diversity in them because white families with young kids aren't leaving downtown when their kids become school age. The next task - and it's a big one - is creating an academically successful and racially diverse high school with a strong athletics program. When I think back to my high school days, sports and clubs offered a chance to practice, play, travel, develop friendships with, and meet the families of people of different races. We were literally on the same team. There are no options for this to happen downtown today (aside from Buist, which is extremely hard to get I to). This challenge is a critical one to solve to bring Charleston's downtown residents together. Parents can't meet different parents of the downtown school soccer team or tennis team if one doesn't exist.
I'm not a fan of the design at all. This place deserves something grander than a warehouse on stilts. Charleston is overflowing with beautiful buildings, can we not have the same for this soon to be world class museum?
My friends from church here in the England sent their daughter to Charleston for a studies 3 years ago. She came back after less than a year. The reason? She could stomach the covert racist attitudes and covert practices of her fellow WHITE colleagues. In case I'm not clear SHE IS WHITE. What she reported home was distressing. Shame on you Charleston. It's 2016 not 1816!
My mother grew up in a part of downtown that was mostly white in the 50's. Then it became mostly black by the 70's (without fanfare, complaint or social justice warrior mobilization).
Now it's some sort of holocaust because it's becoming mostly white again?
All of the above happened as a function of Americans choosing where they wanted to live and selling / buying private property.
Randall, we're not censoring you. The page was probably cached and the comment just didn't load in when you checked back.
Hey Duke Grove,
I work in another Charleston restaurant and my health insurance is great with full dental and vision, 401k is a full company match, have 4 weeks paid vacation and make almost 6 figures...you're exactly the jerks this article is referring to.
I got my post erased for telling an anecdotal story about a black club owner who didn't want blacks in his club. I said in the post that I was repeating what he told me. City paper comments are only for people whose narrative fits what the City paper thinks is right. From now on, I will never read the CCP and discourage anyone else form reading it. If I see stacks of them at restaurants I will pick them all up and recycle them. If they have the right to censor me, I will censor them.
"The city was built on our backs and now has forced us out,,,," Come on now. Stop playing the victim. Charlotte street and surrounding area has been around a long time and has changed with time and will continue to change. Look at the area around Hampton Park and northern rutledge ave. It changed from the 40's and 50's, then the 60's and 70's and so on. Being born on John Street as were my parents I can attest to the changes. You were not forced out, you chose to leave.
A fine article, but it's not "throws" of the Civil War....the word is "throes."
Obama Slams Trump’s Comments On Race: Even 8-Year-Olds Know Slavery Wasn’t Good For Black People - https://youtu.be/d61nRy1h930
September 23, 2016 2016 Election, Politics, Racism
ABC News reports:
President Barack Obama said the nation’s police have “a really tough job” for which they should be honored and supported, but he said the perception of discrimination in the justice system should be “a source of concern for all Americans.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ahead of its opening this weekend, the president responded when asked about the recent unrest in cities across America following controversial police shootings.
Pointing to remarks Trump has recently made in which he has said African-Americans have never been worse off than they are today and that they should vote for him because they have nothing to lose, the president said: “You know, I think even most 8-year-olds’ll tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people.”
He added that it was important that white Americans understand the legacy of “lawful segregation in this country just a decade ago,” adding: “It’s unrealistic to think that somehow that all just completely went away, because the Civil Rights Act was passed or because Oprah’s making a lot of money or because I was elected president. You know, that’s not how society works. And if you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on. And we should acknowledge that and own that.”
Being a traveling musician, I know a black club owner who invites country music to his restaurant and nightclub to run black people out of his club. He said, he doesn't make any money off black people. In his own words he said, "they don't but drinks and make lemonade at the table with free lemons and sugar and don't tip his staff. He said they also smuggle in their own booze. I don't know how common this is, but I have no reason to believe the guy is lying. He said he tried to have a black club and security and economic reasons put him out of business. If any of that is true, I could see many club owners doing the same thing. I'm not saying what he did was right, but going out of business and being bankrupt because of unruly and cheating customers isn't right either.
White Supremacist Richard Spencer Tells BBC: Donald Trump’s Arrow Is Pointing In Our Direction [VIDEO] https://youtu.be/1TIodunutPQ
September 22, 2016 2016 Election, Extremists, Racism
In a BBC report that aired Thursday, a white nationalist leader named Richard Spencer explained that Donald Trump is following in the footsteps of what the white nationalist movement has been doing for years. “Donald Trump came along and I feel like my movement and ideology, we can be a kind of vanguard for a presidential candidate,” Spencer said. “His arrow is pointing in our direction.” Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank founded in 2005 and based in Virginia, and “a radical white separatist whose goal is the establishment of a white ethno-state in North America,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He resides in Whitefish, Montana, where the interview took place.
further proof nothing happens in government. study paid for. consensus taken and decided on in councils and social media. and...nothing. let's talk in circles for a few more nothing.
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My family is one of the very few black families that still owns several homes in downtown Charleston. Gentrification has truly taken its toll on the neighborhoods on the peninsula that were once mostly African American. As a black professional, I had to move to Columbia to provide my family with the diversity that was lacking in my hometown and also an affordable home in a good neighborhood. As the home prices and property taxes continue to rise, the population of downtown will continue to become less and less diverse. When I visit, I ask the same question...where are the black people? On a recent visit my son was walking our dog near our family home on Charlotte street, and this was so unusual that a "neighbor" rushed inside, locked her doors and turned on all of her porch lights as if in fear. The city was built on our backs and now has forced us out and driven up housing prices unrealistically. Personally, I think it is too far gone to ever be repaired. Unless you choose to live in North Charleston, Summerville, etc., you will not see much diversity now and definitely not in the near future.
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The reason there was no real bottleneck effect where the lane was removed is because actual drivers “appeared to be less aggressive when congestion occurred in the merge area” compared to their computer counterparts. So people were getting in the right lane way ahead of the lane removal and therefore sitting in a ridiculously long line to get to and across the bridge.
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