Sorry to ruffle your feathers Mr. Lee. But you are obviously afflicted with Plantation Mentality. Therefor, it would be impossible to have an intelligent, objective, exchange of ideas with you. The fact that you hint at a level playing field in Charleston is absurd!! To cure your affliction, I recommend that you visit Washington DC, amongst other cities outside of the southern US, and experience an environment where everyone " have to, or be allowed to, earn things for themselves".
However, I do stand corrected, blacks were only allowed to own property in CERTAIN areas of the peninsula, the east side being one. Do you really think I care if this fact is condescending? It's not something that you or I implemented, so I digress, as it is not polite of me to patronize those with afflictions such as the type you suffer.
I do hope you try the aforementioned cure, no matter how hard of a pill it is to swallow, and share it with others.
This conversation is filled with the type of hypocrisy and contempt that drove me away from my birth city, with no desire to ever look back. For those that question what the negatives are, isn't it obvious? It's not that the culture of the east side would change, it would cease to exist. The method and ideology behind this redevelopment is part of the effort of a total seize and elimination of black identity (with the exception of the iron work of Phillip Simmons) from the peninsula.
Do you really think that the people of the east side enjoy living in run down homes, that they don't know any better? I'm more inclined to believe that they can't afford repairs.
Correct, no one race owns a particular section of the city, but historically, blacks could not own property in other areas of the peninsula, so why not create and execute a plan to perserve what some people worked really hard to obtain? The entire city of Charleston needs a brain reprograming to get rid of what I call Plantation Mentality. We all deserve the same caliber of life. Don't deliberately let the east side fester and rot, and then use it as an excuse to be eliminated. Tap into that innate characteristic of humankind called Humanity, and then approach this situation with a win-win outcome.
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