Post Tagged with: "race"

FOCUS:   Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

FOCUS: Charleston Forum to discuss racial issues June 16

Staff reports | The Charleston Forum will host a public discussion June 16 to address racial issues in the context of economics and education; policing and criminal justice; the future of the past; and the Charleston experience.

“I am looking forward to participating in the Charleston Forum this summer. We must embrace these opportunities to come together and listen to one another,” Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg said in a statement. “It is only by gaining an understanding of our different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that we can create a united vision for a brighter future.”

Tickets are $10 and available online. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

by · 05/08/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
Winter, center, at a Mississippi church service.  Images courtesy of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

BRACK: We need more inspirational leaders like William Winter

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Whenever there’s a letter or card in the mail from Mississippi, it’s bound to be inspirational. And it’s bound to be from a guy you might not have heard of but should know more about.

Meet former Mississippi Gov. William F. Winter, a public sector healer whose decency, goodness and vision for a better South gently motivates people to be kinder and more accepting of each other.

by · 08/15/2016 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
FOCUS:  Let’s start fixing a broken system

FOCUS: Let’s start fixing a broken system

By Michael Kaynard, contributing photographer | Over my 65 years, I have seen a lot of change in our communities. I came from a Georgia town with water fountains and bathrooms marked “coloreds.” I still see black and white and it shames me to admit it. I don’t understand why, but it is there. For us to move forward, we have to stop seeing in black and white.

I used to see the police as more brutish than now. I now see them trying to do the best they can with not a lot of support from their communities. I know they are there to protect us, but I also know some should never be police. To be honest, the overdeveloped muscles and generally-uniform shaved heads are intimidating. I think they could do something to soften their image. If we had more officers, they could spend more time becoming a part of the community and not just enforcers.

It is said that a high tide lifts all. Has it? One of the greatest problems I see is economic inequality. I met a woman who works at Lowe’s part-time because her 15-year position in hotel reservations downtown doesn’t pay enough. Many people have to work two to three jobs to keep afloat. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

by · 07/25/2016 · 3 comments · Focus, Good news
LETTERS:  On race, ostracism

LETTERS: On race, ostracism

When reading Kendra Hamilton’s column, I was reminded of a conversation I had a few years ago with an African-American co-worker. I’ve forgotten what it was we were discussing specifically, but whatever the conflict was, we were able to discuss it honestly and resolve it successfully.

by · 08/31/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Feedback