Native Georgian, though longtime Lowcountry resident. Enjoys reading, crabbing, visiting family in Puerto Rico, and retirement. Does not miss dentistry.
Just the other night I picked up wonderful barbecue chicken with green beans and potato salad. Really terrific and good visuals as I waited at the bar. Very friendly service. Someone in the kitchen knows what's what.
the not so thinly veiled point of the article is that black people have it easy and that white people have had to shoulder what orlando patterson called "the ordeal of integration." white people are victims.
this of course is supported by a casual look at life in charleston where black people have segregated themselves in all of the best housing enclaves on the peninsula and along the coast; where their children attend exclusive schools; where black people exercise control authority through their leadership of law firms, local government, the ports authority, boeing, musc, the citadel and college of charleston; where black people eat at pricey downtown restaurants to the almost complete exclusion of white patrons; where expendable white workers fill our local jails. . . . yes. everywhere in charleston, white people are victims.
in all seriousness, tara servatius and other white supremacists are entitled to their belief in black inferiority. but they owe it to their readers to be honest and to defend their beliefs with real evidence, rather than wallowing in the murk of white resentment politics.
who knew that it would only take the election of a black president to turn fascists into anti-imperialists and civil libertarians?
i'll bet dubois knew. fifty years gone, but he still peers into our souls.
this divisiveness is just tearing the white community apart.
my morning habits are irrelevant.
white "progressives" in the low country work for employers that more or less share their values, they eat in restaurants and watch movies that reflect their values and send their children to schools that reflect their commitments to diversity and democracy. none of those are bad things. however, because we read the city paper, huffington post, listen to NPR and shop at earthfare, attend talks at COFC or the gibbes, we run the danger of believing that our forces are more powerful than they are. outside of a few gerrymandered exceptions, the democratic party will not win elections in south carolina by continuing to place emphasis on white voters--progressive or otherwise. a white campaign, like linda ketner's, is a failed campaign. obama won the 2008 primary in SC by painstakingly mobilizing the black community, registering thousands of new voters, courting black ministers, placing black staff (SC residents) in key campaign positions. there are, of course, important exceptional white individuals who relate to the black community, but the general isolation of white liberals from the black progressive masses in south carolina has been fatal to democratic politics in the state. the state's notorious conservatism cannot be blamed solely on white reactionaries. white democrats have to be held accountable. i fear colbert-busch is headed down the old white trap.
there is no secret to winning for the democrats in south carolina. it's an uphill climb to be sure, but they have to register and mobilize black voters and do what they can to make white voters stay home (short of the sort of chicanery that the GOP has engaged in to suppress the vote). my fear is that ECB will spend so much time courting the white democratic faithful and "progressives"--who are an insignificant political demographic in this state--that she won't concentrate on following the single road to congress, which begins and ends in north charleston.
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