Malik, I think the student who started the petition at change.org to have the coach reinstated and was interviewed should be respected. If he changes his mind and thinks there may have been some racism or was intimidated I would respect that also. But he was very emphatic that this was something he did on his own the very next day. In this day and age I think we would hear about racism if there was any. Most people of all ethnicities around here are educated and work together. I think a constructive dialog is good and most people are good, and need to keep addressing issues. What bothered me was that people are still using this as a form of racial intimidation because they can't admit they overreacted.
How many years did the City Paper give white supremacist Jack Hunter a platform? This was the only real racism I've been aware of in Charleston. I was astonished that he was writing for the City Paper. Yes, this guy wore a confederate mask for years and spewed so much racism that the sponsors finally quit advertising and the radio station went out of business.
And here is a link to Tara's ordeal, in which she was fired, yet was given a platform here.
I don't see how you can make these sweeping allegations of racism when you give racist a platform. I think race baiters are the biggest racist. Charleston is not full of racist at all. In fact its just the opposite. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.
The only racism I'm aware of is the City Paper giving The Southern Avenger, Hunter, a platform. That was the most racist agenda I've ever seen. He even maintained his southern avenger web site while writing for the City Paper. The City Paper also featured Tara Servatious after she posted a picture of Obama with a bucket of fried chicken. I have always been against the Confederate flag at the State House. In fact The Southern Avenger emerged out of that time. I also suspected racism when first reading about the watermelon incident however a black student on the football team explained there were no racist intentions. What's more no one else had complained the entire season. I am thankful to live on a city and become such close friends with so many people of different cultures. The connection to the watermelon celebration and historical racial images is abstract. I'm not aware of any racist act that has involved smashing a watermelon. Don't all football teams hoot the same way? I think it was an overreaction to a misunderstanding. But I wasn't there and going by media reports.
Why didn't other students, parents, and teachers complain if this perceived act racism was so obvious when they did it after every other game this season? The real issue here was accusing a someone of racism when it wasn't true. That is defamation of character. Calling someone a racist is a very serous accusation, and you can't just make assumptions, just ask Dr. Nancy McGinley. It's not that people can't understand the loose connotation that has been made to historical racial images. Other events like the bridge run and sprint triathlons offer watermelon after the event as its good rehydration. Smashing it on the ground was the problem that started when the high school football players didn't have a knife.
Perhaps these were the views of your former communist, Jack Hunter, aka, the Souther Avenger, or perhaps some other racist communist you have featured over the years, but I've been friends with some of the "non natives" as you have classified them for years and I'm sure they don't share your assessment.
As far as I'm concerned as long as you aren't carrying an illegal firearm, or committing some other crime such as rape, murder, or armed robbery, as all of these crimes have victims, I don't really care about anyone's opinion, so long as it doesn't oppress someone else's equal opportunity.
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