An excellent article about a brilliant young activist. Charleston is privileged (no pun intended) to have Muhiyidin d'Baha working to make our community a more just place for all of us.
I was at that meeting. Elliott Summey ate crow and Henry Darby had a meltdown.
The people who got up to speak were genuinely pissed off. Darby and Summey were required to be at that meeting. Those speakers weren't. They were citizens who felt strongly enough about the issues (especially Summey's comments about Anna Johnson) to get up off the couch after a long day of work and come out to tell the council how they felt. They (the speakers) were not professional politicians. They were mostly ordinary people who spoke from the heart.
Vic Rawls should understand by now that : 1. Sometimes your boss yells at you. That's a good time to listen. and 2. Real democracy is noisy. And messy. If he doesn't get this maybe he belongs in another place ... perhaps in the 19th century.
Dimitri Cherny is a thoughtful and intelligent man. He's also a great listener, and if you challenge him on a point of politics, rather than argue with you, he'll try to find common ground.
I worked with Dimitri on his last campaign when the City of Charleston confiscated most of the yard signs we placed on highway ramps and at intersections (an expensive lesson well learned).
I believe in Dimitri but more than that : Dimitri is no fly-by-night kook. He is educated and fully capable of doing the job that the office demands. The People of South Carolina have given Mark Sanford more than his share of slack, given his performance. This time, we have a real alternative.
Frustrated and angry? Good.
Try and appreciate how Charleston people of color feel at being treated like second class citizens by the police and by the press. Last week, a man was shot dead for the capital crime of having a busted taillight. Imagine every time you're pulled over having to worry, not about getting a ticket, but whether you'll survive the encounter.
These protests are not about the execution of Walter Scott by a rogue cop, although that was the focus. They're about a systemic problem in the way that we Americans treat each other. They're about the continued brutalization of a people whose only 'crime' is their skin color.
In case you haven't met Dimitri Cherny, he's been all over the lowcountry lately, shaking hands and talking about putting capitalism to work for ALL of us. Dimitry is a thoughtful, practical man, a son of immigrants, who works a full time job and has still managed to put in many, many hours campaigning over the past few weeks. He's garnered endorsements from the Charleston Green Party and Thomas Dixon's Coalition among others.
Dimitri's running as a write in candidate. He lacks the big checkbook of the Republicans; but he would bring one thing to this office that the GOP can't ... character. Please check out his website.
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