This article is actually mildly offensive to hardworking white people who, believe it or not, don't all have a "blue blood mentality". Traditionally black neighborhoods like Eastside are typically in disrepair and dangerous. The fact that this area is finally starting to turn is a blessing to Charleston. If blacks are being priced out of the area maybe they should start focusing on how they treat their neighborhoods and each other.
How much did Mark pay you to write this?
If this was 4 white guys that killed an innocent black, we would have the "reverend" jesse jackson down here organizing a protest, and president obama saying that the kid would have looked like his son. But unfortunately, when blacks kill innocent whites it is not a "hate" crime and deserves no national attention.
Sorry "bornandrasiedhere", it sounds to me like you have a victim mentality. Here is a newsflash for you - nobody in America right now has ever owned a slave, and nobody in America right now ever was a slave. So take your "plantation mentality" and rename it what it is - race based victimization. Let the markets decide where redevelopment should occur, not petty ideas based on half truths from yesterday.
The only "culture" of the eastside that we are aware of is crime and people who do not take care of their property. Charleston should be thankful somebody has come in and decided to develop this impovershed area. The notion that they should somehow have to compensate for "negative impacts" and subsidize minorities is offensive at best. With ideas like this there is no wonder you were left out of the decision making process.
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