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Friday, June 22, 2007

Last year I did a post on Juneteenth. In it, I mentioned that I was disappointed in the lack of news articles that showed up covering it. I even mentioned that I had hoped that in 2007 there would be more articles.

The old adage – “Be careful for what you wish for, it might just come true” seems to apply here.
2006 articles – 23
2007 articles – 1,954

Ughhh.

I am not even going to comment on all the bad publicity, instead I thought I would share a link to a local station in Charleston that took it serious and provided good coverage of the local event. The article also has a link to the video story they did originally.

Also, I am going to modify my wish from 2006 –

Perhaps next year, we will see more people celebrating Juneteenth or at least a bit more people acknowledge its existence. For no matter what you feel about the causes of the war, this is an example of something good that came out of it. Something very good.

And say -
Perhaps next year, we will see more people celebrating Juneteenth or at least a bit more people acknowledge its existence in a positive way. For no matter what you feel about the causes of the war, this is an example of something good that came out of it. Something very good.




Sunday, June 10, 2007

I woke up on today to see something new in the news.

Over the last couple months, little pockets of revolt have started to creep from the shadows to take on the establishment of the South Carolina General Assembly. First it was USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier in April, commenting several times that it was time to take it down. Shortly after, I found myself reading letter after letter to the Post and Courier, attacking Spurrier for daring to question that a Battle Flag of a defeated country, which was never recognized by another government, would fly on a monument on located on the State House grounds.

This was followed by opponents of the flag writing in letters with their view and of course more letters arguing telling the world how the flag was the holiest thing in SC and anyone who disagreed should be burned at the stake (ok , that is an exaggeration but you get my point).

Today something different happened; a major group besides the NAACP came out against the flag. During its annual convention, the South Carolina United Methodist Conference approved a resolution calling for the flag to be moved off of the State House Grounds. According to the article only one other religious organization has done the same thing, the South Carolina Christian Action Council.

I applaud both groups for taking a stand while others just sit. Maybe this will be the start of something new.

To read more, go here.