by Chris Haire
Well, it's that time of year again. And that means that life at the City Paper revolves around one thing and one thing only: Spoleto.
So in order to bring you the best possible Spoleto coverage in print and online, I'm going on a temporary hiatus of sorts. I may post if I get a wild hair up my ass, but I wouldn't count on it.
In completely unrelated news, I've recently learned that I was mentioned in The Post and Courier's letters to the editor section on Sun. May 16 for an article that I wrote on Dot Scott's and Joe Darby's ridiculous claim that if you are black and driving through Chicora-Cherokee, you will be pulled over.
Why is it ridiculous? Um. Have you ever seen who lives in Chicora-Cherokee? Exactly.
Here's a bit from the P&C letter:
On the same day, Charleston City Paper managing editor Chris Haire claimed that Darby and Charleston NAACP President Dorothy Scott were delusional in their criticism of racial profiling in North Charleston.
More recently, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told a Post and Courier reporter that he did not speak to Scott because she is 'a nut.'
From Denmark Vesey in the antebellum South to Septima Clark and Kenny Riley in modern times, the discrediting of African-American leaders in order to suppress black challenges to white supremacy has a long and sad history in Charleston.
It has also proven to be an effective tool for social control; McConnell, Summey and Haire appear to have learned their history lessons well.
Ma. I've finally made it.