Today marks the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Orangeburg Massacre’, which took place at my alma mater, South Carolina State University, in 1968. This tragic event started with the protest of a segregated bowling alley, and resulted in the death of 3 young men and injuries sustained by 27 other students. We will take a look back at what then Governor Robert E. McNair declared was “one of the saddest days in the history of South Carolina”
Church Street was a thriving center for African-American commerce in Anderson, South Carolina that was constructed following the Civil War. The business district was a lively community center and safe haven for Black entrepreneurs, who were able to do business away from the discrimination that was inherent in the South at the time. The business owners and citizens who patronized Church Street were educated, professional who were regarded as role models in their community.
Anthony P. Crawford was an Abbeville, SC native, born during the American Reconstruction period following the Civil War, in 1865. Mr. Crawford inherited a modest piece of cotton field acreage that sat along the Little River, about 7 miles west of Downtown Abbeville. Mr. Crawford was described as an ambitious and intelligent man, and grew his land inheritance to well over 400 acres through various land purchases in 1883, 1888, 1899 and 1903. Crawford was also co-founder of the Industrial Union of Abbeville County, which was devoted to the "material, moral and intellectual advance of the colored people". Crawford was the father of twelve sons and four daughters.
Hosea Cleveland is off to a fast start in 2018, making clear his intention to be a legitimate challenger for the U.S. House seat currently occupied by Republican Jeff Duncan, in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. Cleveland has been making appearances throughout the district, and has been bringing his message of strong progressive and family values to the rural counties of SC3.
Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Republicans perpetuated falsehoods by verbally attacking immigrant groups from Latin American nations. We heard all the dog-whistle propaganda: “Criminals and rapists”, “bad hombres”, as well as the baseless claims linking these groups to gangs such as MS-13. A quick look at some readily available facts and statistics, paints an entirely different picture, however. In 2015, the American Immigration Council conducted a study that concluded that not only are immigrants less likely to be criminals than native-born citizens, but higher immigration is actually associated with lower crime rates. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of unauthorized immigrants in this country more than tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. During the same period, FBI data indicated that the violent crime rate declined 48 percent, which included falling rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Now, let me be very clear in stating that I am a strong proponent of a sovereign nation with a secure border; however, I find it abhorrent that in 2018 we’re degrading entire groups of people on such baseless claims.
I consider myself a native of this land. This is not to say that I share much heritage with the indigenous peoples of North America, but I feel that there is somewhat of a common native culture shared between the decedents of pre-Antebellum Americans. Many of us can’t trace our ancestral roots back to countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Our families have been here for numerous generations and this is the only home we’ve ever known. Our ancestors worked this land and built this country with the idea of a more perfect union, and the belief that all men are created equal.
On the evening of Thursday, January 18th, students from Clemson University and members of the community gathered at the University Lutheran Church to hear from a five member panel which included SC Rep. Gary Clary, Clemson City Councilman Jerry Chapman, SC Representative Thomas Alexander, and candidates for the US House of Representatives Hosea Cleveland and Mary Geren. Each member of the panel gave an approximately five minute opening statement, and then people around the room asked questions on various topics such as the importance of voting, public education, and improving infrastructure.
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