Im 24 and I was born and raised downtown. Im positive I know carolinastreetboy cuz we from the same neighborhood.
My thing is. Wendell Gilliard, Robert Ford, Ive seen with my own 2 eyes, specifically Robert Ford, our community leaders set up community forums and BS like that just so they can get their name out there during election time.
I came to the sad conclusion that many of the people that are supposed to care, really dont, many of the times there efforts are only self-serving. And the white powers, that run Downtown, REALLY dont care.
Midnight basketball, park football and basketball, etc....in the 90s we had a lot of community programs and activities that was productive in stemming the violence downtown, and being a positive influence in keeping kids off the street.
Ever since this so called Redevelopment downtown has been going on. The crime has been higher than it has ever been.
They immediately got rid of all those city-funded programs that we had, in the name of gentrification. Basically, hurry up and get the blacks from downtown as fast as possible. In the meantime the "development" had an adverse effect.
Prayer vigils, community forums where theres nothing but a bunch of news cameras and none of the people committing the crimes are in attendance, none of these things are productive.
Nothing about the state of our city and our people will change until we stop being stuck in tradition and tryin to be politically correct, and create some real programs that will produce positive effect. That has to include skill and job training, computer training, etc.....
The real issues never get addressed. And til they do nothing will ever change.
Charleston Native is an idiot.
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