Outstanding Journalism. This is some of the best writing I have encountered in this paper.
All other feelings aside, I support the Carriage Tours. I have lived in the area since 1993 and thought I had absorbed all the History. I was of the belief that the Carriage tours were for "Tourists." Two years ago I reluctantly took a tour with visiting family, all but resolute that I would not enjoy it and that I was being dragged along. I could not have been more wrong. I learned so much about the Historic areas downtown and the History, for example how much avoiding the British tariffs had an effect on Charleston architecture. It really opened my eyes. Without these tours, so much of this History would be lost and the educational opportunities it presented would be squandered. We did see the great efforts that were in place to safeguard the welfare of the Horses. The guides had a genuine concern and a valid relationship with their horses and their welfare was tantamount.
Racism goes both ways. I think everyone agrees that the best end result in regards to eliminating racism would be a system in which race is not a factor in a negative way and would be eliminated as a factor. That is race neutral. To ask the system to punitively swing back the other way is like asking a pendulum to swing one way and then stop in the middle. More effective is to simply stop the pendulum in the middle.
In regards to this race neutral utopia, a decision like this should be objectively based on qualifications alone. Race should not be an issue. The new school year i coming. To delay this decision would only result in more time crunch based crisis management at the CCSD in the end. We have all seen the same scenario in our own work places with bad managers who delay crucial decisions.
As for "secret meetings" don't be naive. Dr. Herring has met constantly with the school board as an employee. She also worked behind the scenes with Michael Miller during the "watermelon" incident and more importantly the "Twitter" incident where they attempted to ban a student from Prom and Graduation. DO your research. The "offended" student was her daughter and she used her influence to escalate the situation. Now there is a pending lawsuit which will cost the School District damages in the hundred of thousands.
In the end race should not have been an issue. It is a simple decision. "What candidate was best qualified to serve as an advocate for the children of the CCSD?" If we dropped the bullcrap and had all three resumes in a blind pile the answer was clear and this is why the hiring went as it did. Lets cut the crap and be real.
The best candidate was selected based upon qualifications. Dr. Herring consistently had access to the CCSD Board as an employee. It isn't about race but what is best for the kids. To bring up race is simply....racist.
What is funny is that the Paste & Copy (as the P&C stands for now) refused to even acknowledge the Charleston Thug Life tip of who the Chuckie Cheese Shooter was. When people posted the link Andy Paras'ite said that social meida was irresponsible and stated that it was a poor source. Guess he didn't heed his own advice. Funny enough the person the CTL post named was arrested and charged for the shooting 72 hours later. More proof Print copy is useless for daily news and is an outdated Business model.
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