Rivera Foster 
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Re: “Old and new leaders must come together to build a better future

As a current "displaced" native of Charleston, it saddens me to see what has and is becoming of the place that I call home. Every time I come home to visit, I realize more and more how the people, places, and culture that I know and love are disappearing. At this rate, everything that made what black people know in Charleston will cease to exist, only to become a legend, faded memories, ghosts to what we knew as home. So many vacant & abandoned homes, empty playgrounds, boarded up buildings...when will the disenfranchisement of black Charlestonians STOP? This young generation is so lost, how will you find your way? Do you realize that if you don't, we all lose. I often think about coming home. Especially now that my family is getting older. But then I say to myself, what am i returning to? Because the place the I knew as a little boy is slowly dying. I ran the streets of Chuck Town from West Ashley to Downtown. Went to Burke, graduated from St. Andrew's Parish. Attended College of Charleston with my brethren Kwadjo (he had a different name back then for those that don't know), but he's my brother from another mother. No matter what, I'm a hold you down if you ever need me. My whole family has deep ties with you all. My grandfather, "Kool Papa" aka William Meyers is a legend to those that know him. My other grandfather Sonny Foster, my father, Vernon Foster Sr, grandmother Joanne Foster all had their own businesses in the city. I grew up in The Forest, Ashelyville, and on Deveraux Avenue by Hester Park. All I'm trying to say family is that we're losing our home. What are we going to do about it? If you young cats don't stop the slide, we're all gonna be buried alive...

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Posted by Rivera Foster on December 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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