I've eaten at Green Goat five times now for brunch or supper ,alone and with the whole family, and it has been consistently delicious.
I attended Miss Mason's School at 1 Meeting Street in 1965 and 1966. I will never forget the appropriately named Mr Wagner who was schlepping Charleston visitors by horse and carriage from South Battery at the foot of Meeting Street as he had been for years..
"You make a good point that being non-racist isn't good enough. But don't tell us clearly what we need to do beyond that."
One thing the whole community, black and white, can do is demand quality education and to hold parents and children accountable. The lack of investment in public education is the dirty ugly secret in our serene City By The Sea.
I work for a living and sweat paying my bills like so many. Please don't ask me to fix the black community.As a white person, I am not responsible for the "Corridor of Shame". Black people should create their own opportunity if they see it denied in corporate culture.Black men are over represented in the prison system because of a pervasive plantation mentality that has resulted in generations no longer dependent on ole maussa for food and housing. Instead, there are families living in public housing collecting food stamps as a way of life. Personally, I can't do a thing about 1 out of 2 black children born out of wedlock. I can't do a thing about the dominance of females in that sector of society, marginalizing the men. Children without father figures lack direction and land in jail. It would seem to be the place of the churches and social service organizations to lift up that culture of dependency.
The author seems to think that we should scream at each other over the sins of our fathers. Actually, not our fathers, but our father's father's father's fathers. For many years African Americans chose not to think about the past (slavery) as they worked to achieve the American dream. Today there is a higher awareness and pride in the accomplishments of their enslaved forebearers. At the same time, there are others who feel that white southerners should feel that same shame that many African Americans used to feel because of the role of their ancestors in a society with slaves. There are few if any people living today who knew or met anyone alive during the era of slavery. Unlike many cultures that look backward and hate because of atrocities committed centuries before, (see the current Middle East mess), Americans have always moved on and looked forward. Charlestonians have had generations to work out the scab that was slavery. The end result is that today, the descendants of that very culture have created a beautiful city that is the envy of the world. The Charlestonian ethic of civility and kind consideration of others is the glue that makes us one people black and white. Perhaps the author should ask herself why it is that she chose Charleston as her home, and celebrate the city as it is today.
Is the author saying white folks need to hang out with black folks more often? How about a River Dogs game, or a high school sports event? The 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park in North Charleston is an event that has all ethnicities cheek to jowl having a grand time together. How about the Coastal Carolina Fair? (Probably too low brow for the author) or the Holiday Parade down King Street? Everyone comes out and everyone comes together for these events. I don't get the author's point. A bit preachy and a bit elitist IMHO.
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