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Voting Black Ain’t Enough

By Barney Blakeney   We’re about two months from the November 6 general election. It’s time to get serious, folks! Candidates are going into the back stretch heading to the finish line. If you don’t already know them, this is a good time to get to know the candidates. The hard and heavy campaigning is…

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Black Wealth Gone By 2053

By Barney Blakeney Lately, I’ve been focused on the future. I keep asking myself where our society is headed. I recently participated in a survey where the interviewer me asked what I’d see about our community if I was clairvoyant. That was a tough question. There are so many possibilities. Then I read an op-ed…

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Nothing Compares To The Murders At Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I was watching an evening news broadcast about the August 24 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Charleston fire station #11 at 1835 Savannah Highway adjacent to the Charleston 9 Memorial Park when I heard something that made me stop in my tracks. A…

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Aunt Lillian’s Reunion

By Barney Blakeney I was talking with a friend yesterday telling him about recent stuff going on in my life. Some of it was stuff we’ve shared in our more than 50-year friendship and some was personal. We talked about our former high school teacher Mrs. Marjorie Howard’s 106th birthday and other stuff. When I…

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Lynching In America Just Took A Different Form

By Barney Blakeney   Lately I’ve been in that melancholy mood I sometimes get when I’m depressed about the future of Black folks. Over the past few days there were five murders in the same number of days in North Charleston. All but one of the victims was Black. And if it ain’t enough for…

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Feeling The Pain Of Unaffordable Housing

By Barney Blakeney I got the phone message from a lady at William Enston Homes in downtown Charleston a couple of weeks ago. She was expressing frustration at the Charleston Housing authority’s announcement that some residents would be moved out of their apartments as they are renovated. She felt the Charleston Housing Authority, which owns…

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Biking: New Concepts Of An Old Vision

By Barney Blakeney I first met with some folks about Holy Spokes Bike Share a year ago. Speedwell Foundation’s Mike Messner wanted some help in making more people aware of the initiative that allows riders to rent a bike to get around the peninsula. Messner wanted more low income residents to access the option. It’s…

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Prioritize Protests

By Barney Blakeney With all the hullabaloo about the Palmetto Rose Kids, ignored in the discussion is workforce training for grown folks. While the issues of Black kids selling Palmetto Roses is important and speaks to a lot of pivotal issues in our society, focusing on kids selling handcraft is like treating a festering sore…

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Kids Count, But Not Enough

By Barney Blakeney For years I’ve done an annual story about the Kids Count report. The report is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that since 1948 monitors and reports on the well-being of children. My former editor, Jim French used to provide me a hard copy of the report each…

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Allowing Elected Officials To Stick Us With Debts

By Barney Blakeney With the November 6 general elections looming, a couple of items that came across my desk in the past week seem more important – a request by the S.C. National Action Network for investigations into the former Charleston Naval Hospital property sale and redevelopment and rate reductions for SCE&G customers. Voters should…

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