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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Guest Columnist

Re: “Folly Beach shark bite strikes environmental chord

Shark proliferation doesn't threaten "our" planet like human overpopulation does.

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Posted by Jordan McClung on June 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Folly Beach shark bite strikes environmental chord

Shark proliferation is not threatening "our" planet as human overpopulation does.

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Posted by Jordan McClung on June 17, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Folly Beach shark bite strikes environmental chord

Duh..sharks started getting "saved" directly after JAWS 40 years hence the slaughter on the Humans ever since. Sharks first Humans last.

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Posted by glen folkard on June 15, 2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Charleston can lead the country by getting its story straight

Damn Orlando, why all the hate?
Has your Hispanic Priviledge written a check you can't cash?
You grandstand as if every Southerner had a mess of slaves, not true at all.

Less than 2% of property owners had slaves and the vast majority owned less than 4. Usually a family unit.
A slave was expensive, in today's money, equal to about $30,000. They were not routinely beaten and abused.
Was it wrong? Of course it was, but how did they become slaves?
In America it lasted about 200 years, in Africa, several thousand years.
WHO captured the people who would become slaves? Other blacks who after one or two levels of wholesaling would Take them to the coast and sell them to Dutch traders who in turn, brought them to America.
Their first customer was a black land owner. The largest slave owners in both MS and LA were black land owners.
Ifcyoure going to tell stories and fiegn righteous indignation, the least you could do is tell the whole story.

Posted by Michael Shortt on June 14, 2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

The amount of black owned businesses in Charleston has declined greatly along with the black resident population of Charleston for several decades now.

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Posted by RASPUTIY on June 14, 2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I own and operate a liscenced pedicab business in California. I am also a person of color. And a woman. I would never speak about a neighborhood in the way that these disrespectful pedicabbers did. In fact, if I ever heard another pedicabber make disparaging comments about someone's race, gender, class, etc. I would immediately take action. As for the comments about pedicabbers not being well educated, many of us have college degrees and are well travelled, bilingual & seek to learn from the world rather than judge it. I don't know what these particular pedicabbers were thinking. In every field and profession you will find a few bigoted jerks. I'm sorry this happened and I would like to assure you that many of us pedicabbers are really respectful and gracious people who would never make such rude comments about your neighborhood in Charleston.

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Posted by Catarina Hosler on June 11, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

One pedicab driver tells 2 people a lie, then tells two more, then 2 more. Thus six people tell 6 more people that tell 6 more people, etc....get my point. When do we stop calling repeated stupidity "isolated"? The company needs to be reported.

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Posted by Jeannette Deveaux on June 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I was asked to name black owned restaurants, those were some that I have visited in the past. Perhaps some have closed recently, there are plenty more opened, I don't have a list in front of me.

But it doesn't really matter if I provide names or not, you just want to argue a question of what the word "large" means. I seriously doubt any of you guys would give a black owned restaurant the time of day and could even name one, let alone eat there. So spare me your faux outrage.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 9, 2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Foghorn, some of those restaurants you listed like Backman Seafood are permanently closed, some are not black owned, and the rest of them are in North Charleston.

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Posted by Will Randall on June 9, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excellent piece as always, Shani!

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Posted by dmgreen on June 9, 2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

S R Singletary - Only because I feel sorry that you've never chosen to eat at a black owned and run Charleston restaurant, here's a list:

Bertha's Kitchen, Mama Grace Soul Food Restaurant, A Touch of Love Cafe, Ike's Gullah Food, Jackie's, Soul Food Legend, Edible Soul Cafe, Craves Soul Food, Nigel's Good Food, By Faithful Soulfood, Charlie Brown Seafood, Charlie's Soul Food Cafe, The Mason Jar by Fatboys, EastSide Soul Food, Georgean's Caribbean Soul, Backman Seafood, Hannibal's Kitchen, Gullah Cuisine Low Country Restaurant, Martha Lou's Kitchen, Nana's Seafood and Soul, Gullah Cuisine Low Country Restaurant, My Three Sons, etc......

But from now on you'll have to make you way through life without my assistance.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 9, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excuse me for taking with a box of salt what a writer claims happened when her twitter site is decorated with photos of Maxine Waters and she's on record at her website as saying anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan is "actually a pretty great guy"

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on June 9, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

S.R. Singletary - So you want me to list for you all the black own restaurants, clubs, and businesses in Charleston? Why don't you do your own homework. Start by stopping by Rodney Scott's on King and he'll fill you in. Grab some BBQ while you're there, best in town

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

This is SO not about the pedicab, yet about my continued love/hate relationship with dear ol' Charleston. #native

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Posted by Adrian Grimes on June 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

The pedicab peddlers should acquaint themselves with Jane Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities, written on the 1960s, and reissued on its 50th anniversary. Mrs. Jacobs, who was horrified by the destruction of neighborhoods for urban "renewal" in the mid-twentieth century, advocates for the importance of diverse neighborhoods as the lifeblood of cities, no matter economic status. it is the inner connectedness of the neighborhood which cannot be ignored. As an added bonus, she is a wonderful writer and observer of what a neighborhood comprises.

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Posted by Phyllis Ewing on June 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I work for Pedicab. I earn a honest living.I live on the Eastside....As do about 8 of our drivers. Just saying

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Posted by JG 1 on June 8, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I ride Pedicab...and btw over ten of our riders live on the Eastside...including me.

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Posted by JG 1 on June 8, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I'm not sure how many folks would agree that 'one' cited reference is a "large number". Try again.

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Posted by S. R. Singletary on June 8, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

As a licensed guide I will tell all of you petticabs are generally not licensed to give tours. This is exactly why the tourism commission has a test for guides to keep consistent and accurate history delivered to guests and to keep a livable mix of true Charleston with the massive amounts of tourism.
There is Tourism Enforcement these are police specially trained for these types of situations, they are as follows:

Lee Burbage 843 805 3226

Tim Coghill 843 578 6420

Arnold Jeffers 843 805 3226

Philip Ramsey 843 729 9882

These officers are in charge of enforcing Chapter 29 of the city ordinance code that oversees tourism and guides. These cab drivers are in violation, when you or any of the citizens experience pedicabs calling their neighborhood a "Ghetto" call an enforcement officer and have them charged. The tickets are expensive and sent to the employer as well. This sort of thing upsets guides as well for they endanger the future of our industry. If they can not produce a valid guide license for the enforcement officer they will be charged.
Please remember petticab drivers are NOT tour guides, they have not passed the license test. If that test is removed this is what we will get people like that driving or walking others around our city with no respect to those that live on the peninsula, violating the first rule of tour guiding which is DO NOT MAKE IT UP. Our test though only requiring %70 to pass due to a recent court case should go back to what it was. Yes it is a difficult test to pass and this is part of the reason why.

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Posted by medium on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excellent piece! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this important topic.

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Posted by Amy Hudock on June 8, 2017 at 7:28 AM
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