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

Donna, due to a publishing error on the CP site, I double submitted my last response by accident, which is worth knowing due to the inflammatory nature of my post.

That said, isn't it absolutely weird that a festival which brought so many people together was nearly devoid of any bodies other than white ones? In a city so recently rocked by the hateful murder of Black citizens, isn't it bonkers that it's back to its business of gentrification and marginalization? Isn't it strange that so many white neighbors, once standing in solidarity with their Black neighbors on that bridge, are back to leaving racist commentary on their neighborhood Facebook pages? Isn't it screwed up that white people throw extravagant parties and even get married on the plantations where so many Black women, men, and children lost their lives -- and not simply "lost", but enslaved, raped, tortured, and murdered? Isn't it messed up that Black people are trustworthy enough to hire as janitors, servers, chefs, entertainment, and security guards for these events, but they're not trustworthy enough to live next door to? Isn't it horrible that the city will always choose uprooting Black citizens from their homes for pennies on the dollar over displacing white citizens to build whatever new and exclusive restaurant or hotel or bridge? Isn't it remarkable how many Black faces aren't surrounding you at so many bars and restaurants in Charleston? By your rationale, maybe they don't like nights out. But maybe, just maybe it's because they're simply not invited. Not marketed to, not asked for their opinions. Dissuaded, impeded, and in purgatory for being alive. Isn't it interesting that almost everything in our white culture (except for racism, mind you) is appropriated from Black culture? Popular music, dance, the slang words in our conversations and gang signs thrown up next to the duck faces in our photos...isn't it ridiculous that we can assimilate all of it and it makes us cool, but we can't accept the tastemakers who invented it?

Sounds like it's us, the white people, who need to get a grip -- or, better yet, loosen the grip we've been using to choke out our fellow and equal humans.

Here's an idea: remember how buses were helping many women get to the march who couldn't have afforded a flight, etc.? Maybe try that with the next festival -- can't afford $100 a person? That's okay, we've got you, friend. Maybe post flyers in all neighborhoods, ones which don't use terms like "exclusive beverage offerings" (barf), but say things like "beer" or "food", and get in touch with their leaders to let them know that all are to be included and invited.

Until that day, "Charleston Strong" is just another whited-out message.

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Posted by Gabriel Gotaway on April 25, 2017 at 11:29 PM

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

It has nothing to do with black or white. It is music!

If you want to go there... there are many things I don't hear about, but don't consider it a racial issue. You are the one trying to make a big deal about something that is not racial at all. Again, get a grip!!!

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Posted by Donna Sheeley Eaddy on April 25, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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

Congratulations, Donna. You win the award for the whitest response so far.

If you'd like to offer evidence of it being marketed towards the entire community, I'd welcome an actual rebuttal.

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Posted by Gabriel Gotaway on April 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM

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

Congratulations on contributing your white privileged response, Donna.

If you'd like to point out just how it was marketed to the entire community, I'd welcome an actual, well-thought out rebuttal.

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Posted by Gabriel Gotaway on April 25, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Dustin,

Your recaps are amazing! I love your sense of humor. This is truly better than watching the episode. You have Whitney pegged to a tee. The comment about Craig and the horses put me over the edge! My only hope is that people do not think that everyone in Charleston acts like this!

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Posted by peachessc on April 25, 2017 at 3:54 PM

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

What? Maybe it is not their choice of music! Everyone was welcome to the High-water festival. Get over it!

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Posted by Donna Sheeley Eaddy on April 25, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “The road to S.C.’s fourth national title might just be paved in prosciutto

Go Team South Carolina!

Posted by DPO on April 25, 2017 at 1:33 PM

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: “The Agenda: Chs. tries to minimize horse spooks; Roof now on federal death row; New Orleans dismantles Confederate monuments

Dlylan roof is obsessed with the Confederate flag? I think liberals are more obsessed with it. The AME murderer had a 3" by 5" flag on a stick. Execute the punk for what he did, but stop using his pale behind as an excuse to remove historical markers and the flag.

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Posted by Jshicke on April 25, 2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. tries to minimize horse spooks; Roof now on federal death row; New Orleans dismantles Confederate monuments

Liberte, I like to think that the taxes they use for these renovations is recouped by the income taken in from taxes on the properties, and money spent by tourists who visit the hotels and refurbished beaches.

Posted by Jshicke on April 25, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Best News For Horses

no. the logic i would use is horses are work animals and have been forever. because some folks feel otherwise is fine. but at the end of the day it's an animal. i make my dog sit for a treat everyday. am I to be reprimanded for doing what the animal wants to do? get some food?

these animals are loved. do they get spooked? sure. like my dog every time she sees a squirrel.

300 years is a blip in nature. so yes, i would say it was fine 300 years ago it should be fine now.

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Posted by rukiddingme on April 24, 2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. tries to minimize horse spooks; Roof now on federal death row; New Orleans dismantles Confederate monuments

Beach erosion is a natural geological process. What is unnatural is taxpayers constantly being forced to subsidize wealthy ocean-front homeowners and hotels.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on April 24, 2017 at 7:02 PM

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: “Best News For Horses

That's the logic you want to use? "It was fine 300 years ago, so it should be fine now!"

Then again, that is the official state motto isn't it?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on April 24, 2017 at 6:53 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: “Best News For Horses

good thing the horses that built this town 300 years ago had air conditioning.

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Posted by rukiddingme on April 24, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Emanuel AME pastor speaks out against campaign ad challenging removal of Confederate flag

"it was the murders of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church by an avowed white nationalist that spurred South Carolina lawmakers to take down the Confederate flag that flew outside the Statehouse in Columbia."

The attack was blamed on White Supremacist rhetoric and Symbology, IE: the flag, and its removal was with the intent of reducing racial violence. Since its removal, there have been more instances of racial violence, not less.

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Posted by Jshicke on April 24, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Best New Farmers Market

Need signs and balloons on the street so those stuck in traffic see there is a market going on. Last week there were hardly any people there and the ones there mostly said they were there because of soccer practice, not because of the actual market. Shame they couldn't put simple signs or balloons by 61!

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Posted by griffikg on April 24, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “5 local coffee drinks that are 100% better than Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino

Lime Oleo Saccharum? WTF is tha... oh. That actually sounds like a damned fine ingredient. http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/09/cock…

Posted by factoryconnection on April 24, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Local audiences need a lesson in etiquette

Were you there, Thomas? For someone who didn't attend , maybe you should be more entertaing when you write.

Posted by Mary Full of Grace on April 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM
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