Leslie Pearson 
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Re: “Social Restaurant & Wine Bar closing after eight years

This sounds like the worst reason ever to close a restaurant and open another. He sounds not at all excited by this prospect, but "we'll do something Southern." You can practically hear the *sigh* at the end. Do something well, be passionate, and it should thrive in downtown Charleston. The people to space ratio makes it easier to find a specific niche. Hell, how many people are already doing something Southern for the older tourists? Talk about moving to a small pond. Thousands of people are moving to Charleston and every year, new college students move in...cater to that crowd.

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Posted by Leslie Pearson on July 20, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Protests in wake of Walter Scott murder remind us what democracy looks like

I am surprised by the number of people that seem confused about what happened despite there being a video. Carole there is video of a clip being emptied into Walter Scott as he flees; this video also shows the officer then planting evidence and calmly walking away. Did he wake up in the morning wanting to kill someone? Probably not, but that doesn't mean he isn't a racist. Unfortunately, most of us are racists because we have been raised with social norms that obscure, uphold, and reward racism. According to Judith Butler, these norms exceed our 'personal' stories and influence us in ways we often cannot clearly account for. What I do know is that if the officer had seen Walter Scott as someone deserving of all the rights of personhood then he wouldn't have shot him so calmly.
I'd also like to address those who think protest is not democratic. Protests are a clear way to disrupt the "tyranny of the majority." Where would we be if people like Martin Luther King, Jr had decided to calmly wait for laws to change? In fact, it is the moderate waiting for change that often impedes the entire process.
And Ron, I personally know Alison and know that she has often been willing to risk her physical safety to protect others.

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Posted by Leslie Pearson on April 17, 2015 at 10:32 PM
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