Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was overheard at a recent dinner at the Capitol City Club for Trinity Baptist Church speaking with a citizen about the “proposed” plan to have Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott take over management of the Columbia Police Department. Benjamin was heard saying to the gentleman, “…The city should get a police chief and let him do his job, now it appears that we’re hiring a personality…”
Columbia, SC—Join the Richland County Public Library for a book discussion and signing with Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, author of A Tribute to 101 Incredible Women of Distinction Who Influenced My Life From My House to the White House, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 12 at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St. This program is free and open to adults.
As a nation, we have overcome many racial barriers, but in too many of our cities and towns, the ugly legacy of a “separate and unequal” doctrine haunts environmental policies that negatively impact low-income communities of color. This became painfully obvious five years ago, when the hurricane season ripped through the Gulf Coast and unveiled the racial, social, and economic inequities that lay hidden beneath good times in “The Big Easy.”
It’s no surprise that so many Americans think that Obama is a Muslim. The Pew Research Center poll found a big increase in the number of Republicans that believe he is. Certainly that was no surprise. And only slight less surprisingly the poll found that lots of Democrats and Independents also think that the president is a Muslim. No president has ever had more pejorative labels slapped on him. He’s been branded a Bolshevik, socialist, Nazi (go figure that one), an anarchist, leftist, an alien, and of course, un-American.
CHARLOTTE – Two games into preseason outings Carolina football is apparently feeling the hurt of pain from its youth movement, which is being enlarged by the loss of such veteran players as Julius Peppers (traded to Chicago) and Muhsin Muhammad (retired).
The sky is so dark when storms are brewing. How dark must it have been that fateful night in August when a young mother smothered the breath out of the bodies of her young children? How loud did the thunder crackle when a remote hotel room became the scene of another Orangeburg massacre? I am referring to the tragedy involving Shaquan Duley and her two little boys, but the hurricane at the center of this catastrophic event could have formed a few feet to the left or right of this family and have devastated almost anyone’s life.
Today, I sat and listened to the entire Dr. Laura n-word rant. And all I can say is ‘wow’… I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite so distressing. Now, I have a rather tough skin. Many times when it comes to race relations, I fall a little more on the other side of the track. I try to look at things from both points of view… and many black people only see things from their vantage points. But Dr. Laura left very little room for interpretation. I believe that anybody who listens to her 6-minute rant to “Jade” would find their hearts sinking a time or two. The call is rather hard to listen to and I found myself hoping that it would take a turn for the better and Dr. Laura would say something like, “April fools!” But the call just went on and on and Dr. Laura just went deeper and deeper!