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Cops Are Scared As Hell

By Barney Blakeney ”They’re scared as hell!” That’s what a local civil rights leader said to me recently during a conversation about police/community relations. We were talking about how cops conduct business in Black communities and the comment was made as a remark on the side. I agree with the civil rights leader. When Minneapolis…

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Keeping Our Art Alive

By Barney Blakeney I don’t get out much these days. There was a time I used to run like the finest race horse. As a bachelor (not quite so confirmed) I’ve done some time in the street – up/down, wrong side/right side, under the lights/in the shadows – I’ve spent a lot of time in…

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Blacks Folks Talking About Life, Others Talking About Lifestyles

By Barney Blakeney  I cut hookey from church Sunday. Not a good thing for someone who’s just getting back into church after years on the outside, but I take a Sunday off every now and then. Carolyn said it’s a good thing God doesn’t take days off from serving us. But anywho!!! I spent the…

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You’ve Got To Pick Your Battles Cautiously

By Barney Blakeney If you’re scared, say you’re scared. But there’s a difference between being scared and being cautious. I’ve always tried to be cautious. I take risks, sometimes unnecessary risks. But I’m always cautious. I’m tempted to thrown caution to the wind in my discussion of the recent hubbub over a race bias audit…

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Grand Strand Violence Will Not Be Tolerated As In Black Communities

By Barney Blakeney The shocking video went viral. Recorded by a guest in a nearby hotel the picture wasn’t very clear, but it showed a group of Blacks beating one person and then people scattering. The video’s recorder, a volunteer fireman from my daddy’s rural South Carolina home, said at first he thought he was…

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Cops and Kids Committing Murder

By Barney Blakeney I probably shouldn’t have been upset last week at the acquittal of Minnesota policeman Jeronimo Yanez who was charged with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Why would I expect that the video recording of a police officer shooting a Black man who posed no apparent threat would produce a…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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New YMCA Facility Will Continue Its Old Mission

By Barney Blakeney    The YMCA of Greater Charleston this week will break ground on a new facility in Berkeley County’s Cane Bay Community realizing a dream its founders never could have imagined, says Executive Director Paul Stoney. The late Charleston County School District teacher and administrator Nathaniel Washington taught me the fundamentals of organized…

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Charleston’s Freedom School a Step in the Right Direction

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve always thought that municipal governments should play a more significant role in public education. I was blessed to have come through school at a time when a public school education was as good as almost any other. Although ours was a racially segregated public school system (the current system is…

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Times Are Changing, So Should Our Political Strategies

By Barney Blakeney   The rumor mill had been buzzing for weeks about a political upheaval in North Charleston. The word was that S.C. House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper would be stepping down from the seat he’s occupied the past 23 years. I was a little conflicted. As far as I can tell, the…

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