This Week in History

Newman replaces Cromartie as District 2 Representative

Turnout was light as only 1,483 people out of 15,053 registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday (July 27th) to select the District 2 Columbia City Council representative. Political newcomer Brian DeQuincey Newman won the election with 800 votes (54.35 percent) to Harold “Puff” Howard’s 669 (45.45 percent).

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Foundation Seeking Contestants for Yam Cook-Off

Sweet potatoes or yams what’s the difference? Contestants entering the Jubilee: Festival of Heritage Yam Cook-Off will probably be able to distinguish between the two. Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking contestants for the Cook-Off which will be held on Friday, August 27, 2010 from 6p.m. – 8p.m. at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton Street, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Black farmers are the real victims of USDA discrimination

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was direct, forceful and blunt when he said that the USDA does not tolerate racial discrimination. This was Vilsack’s widely circulated public explanation for firing Shirley Sherrod. There are two problems with this. One, the world now knows that Sherrod did not do or say anything to merit being branded a bigot and sacked. Vilsack and President Obama subsequently apologized to Sherrod and offered her her job back.

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Race Heat, Economic Light

Last week, President Obama signed legislation implementing financial reform and extending economic benefits. He also endorsed legislation that would make it easier for women to get equal pay in the workplace. It was a week when the economic justice agenda was advanced in many ways. And it was a week when race dominated the airwaves.

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Parenting Solo: Just Say No

I have always said that if I could be reincarnated, I would want to come back as one of my mother’s grandchildren. That position carries with an unbelievable benefits package. You get the title of center of the universe, plus you get the luxury of basically running grandma’s house, then as a bonus you get to spend all of grandma’s disposable income to buy unneeded and soon forgotten toys. It’s the closest thing to royalty we have on American soil. My mother’s career as a grandparent began with my daughter in April of 1995, so we are just now learning some of the long term effects of relentless adoration. My daughter is so spoiled she has bypassed rotten and gone all the way to putrid. What’s really funny is that after years of this overwhelming indulgence my mother has the nerve to disavow all knowledge of how her grandchildren came to hold themselves in such high regard.

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The Sherrod Case Study: Racism is the New HIV/AIDS

The embarrassing Shirley Sherrod saga is finally dying a slow death after she was flooded with apologies from the NAACP, The White House, and Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsak. This all came after a video excerpt of a 24 year-old case surfaced on a conservative blogger’s website. The excerpt portrayed Sherrod as a racist who used her power and position against a white farmer, while Sherrod actually was doing just the opposite – showing how she had overcome her personal prejudices to help people in need, regardless of their race.

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Strict rules of the road should be adhered to during summer football practice sessions

With torrid weather prevailing over most of the country, it’s rather obvious that those in charge of players and prospective football participants, on all levels of play, will have to be extra cautious about each’s well-being during outside practice sessions.

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