Teammom, have you ever lived with white people? Have you ever partied with white people? Studied with any? gone to our weddings or funerals or baptisms? How well do you really know us?
From high school on, I shared classrooms & friendships with Black people. My Black roommate introduced me to the mysteries & delights of the afternoon soap operas. She also introduced me to the delights of an all-Black dorm-room party, where I was the only white person in the room.
My friends & I have shared each others' joys & sorrows, counted each others' babies toes & fingers, & buried each others' children.
I've taught US History, all of it, to both Black and white HS students. I didn't any of edit it, or glorify any of it. I taught them why they should be proud of our country and our state. I also taught them both sides of Reconstruction - how everyone in the defeated states was taken advantage of and helped. (My mama was a historian and a writer. She taught me well.)
Yes, it's time to move on. It's time to quit grousing about a past we cannot change. It's time to, instead, learn from that past and build our future together.
I remember when Stoney Field opened. It was built on "reclaimed land" - the City of Charleston's garbage dump. Bishop England football players dubbed it Golgotha. It's a sin and a shame the City has chosen to let it fall into disrepair.
I also remember when Burke High School was a force for good in our community. I remember being thrilled by their band's performances in parades. I remember watching their debate teams in tournaments perform with poise and skill. I remember seeing Burke students around town - quietly proud and always joyful.
We, as Charlestonians, need to do everything we can to help Burke High School ascend to her former glory. She MUST become the shining jewel she was in Charleston's crown again. She deserves our help. Her students, past present and future, deserve our very best efforts.
Oh, yes!The whole area is a victim of gentrification! I remember when Wild Dunes was just that - wild dunes roamed by wild goats, and Mount pleasant was a sleepy village populated by some of the nicest people you could hope to meet. West Ashley was full of neighborhoods like the one I grew up in - quiet & peaceful. Now these places are full of "people from off" who don't give a hoot about us! They want gated communities where they and their friends can have their HOA's tell everyone how to look and live just like them!
These people also don't give a hoot about the peninsular neighborhoods. They are buying up houses that have been in families for generations & driving up prices in those neighborhoods (Wagner Terrace comes to mind) so that the remaining families face sharp property tax increases.
And the mom-and-pop stores that are closing all over the area just breaks my heart! I don't want to lose the Doscher's on Savannah Highway to a Whole Foods! We have a perfectly good Earth Fare over on Folly Road for those who want to shop for organic & GMO foods. Doscher's has been on Savannah Highway since, what, 1968? They carry local produce & sausage from Burbage's Meats, just down the road in Ravenel. They are a local icon.
What are we to do? How do we stop these people from off? How do we stop the developers from further trashing our city and her environs?
50 years ago local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops taught their members bicycle safety and manners. So did local schools. Many kids rode their bikes to neighborhood schools, even though there were no bike lanes around here. Bicycles were "Big Gifts" on Christmas Day for anyone under 12.
Now we have absolute fools who ride where they please, ear buds blocking out any sound input, who have no idea of traffic laws. At least, that's how it seems to this person! I hope these fools are not the majority of bicyclists on the peninsula, but they surely seem like it!
How do other old cities of comparable size to Charleston, with narrow streets & houses & sidewalks right up to the streets, accommodate bicycles, cars, and other vehicles?
Hippo Birdie, Two Ewes!
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