Community Op-Eds

What About the Parents?

Without a doubt these are trying times. Every day we hear about, talk about and honor first line responders and essential workers. I support this, but I would like to add parents to those we honor as well. In most situations parents don’t have a choice about the role they must perform. For example, imagine…

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Re-opening During a Pandemic takes Strategic Planning for Sustainability

As states reopen their economies during the Coronavirus pandemic, opportunities abound to make African American businesses sustainable. To keep your doors, open right now do not disregard the importance of ensuring customers have a safe, healthy shopping experience. Don’t become a statistic because you failed to take measures to assure your customers you care about…

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COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting the Black Community; What Are Our South Carolina Officials Going to Do About it?

There is a clear racial disparity in how the coronavirus is impacting South Carolina communities. Throughout the United States and right here in Palmetto State, African-Americans are being disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. While African-Americans make up 27 percent of the state’s population, 57 percent of reported deaths and 36 percent of confirmed cases have been…

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A Radical Act of Personal Reparations

By Elaine Jenkins Merriam–Webster defines the word serendipity as “the faculty or phenomenon finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” That definition was made concrete for me in about 2010 when I attended a peace conference held at the United Methodist Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. During one of the sessions I…

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Charleston Branch NAACP President Joins Supporters of North Charleston Police Independent Audit

By Dot Scott Today I’m writing not as the President of the Charleston Branch NAACP, but instead, as a citizen of the City of North Charleston, and a former member of the North Charleston’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Police-Community Relations. I join in the Charleston Area Justice Ministry’s call for an independent audit of the…

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COVID-19, Karma, and the Future of Black America

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The 21st century and the years escorting us into the present place in history flashed a lot of warning signs that our egos and our mythologies made it very easy to ignore. America has been blessed since its inception with geographical and technical arrows in it’s national quiver, that reinforced a…

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