As we were heading out of the St. James football stadium during the first game of the season, my 13-year-old son Kyle spotted an Horry County police officer. He gave the officer a quick smile, they shook hands and we left.
In light of the decision this week by Charleston County schools to ban the Confederate flag from the district - and Horry County Schools very reasonable decision not to follow suit - I wanted to share an exchange I had with a particularly interesting reader.
We all are still processing the kind of ugly, racist terrorism many have long been arguing ended in the 1950s and ‘60s – allowing them to divert their attention from problems that have yet to be solved – a kind of terrorism that so far has sparked an outpouring of love and self-reflection, and possible tangible action.
Many South Carolinians don’t fully understand the depth of feeling associated with the Confederate flag. That flag at the State House has been beyond demeaning, a taunting middle finger from the graves of those who would enslave us.
People of all races in Charleston, South Carolina and beyond have joined together to pay tribute to the victims of a recent church massacre. But after the emotions leave, will the push for change leave also?
Now that the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest is upon us after a year-long debate, rumors about what will happen this weekend are circulating. But don’t fret; it’s a great time to be in Myrtle Beach.