Category Archives: South Carolina

Black leaders rip SC governor candidate for saying she’s ‘proud of the Confederacy’

Black leaders in South Carolina are condemning gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton’s remarks that she is “proud of the Confederacy.” “I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” Joe Darby, the AME church’s presiding elder over the Beaufort district in South Carolina,… Read More »

South Carolina debuts a new model for bridging racial divides

In this rural outpost, a pair of statues collectively called “Reconciliation” celebrate two natives and their heritage, Jewish financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch and African-American baseball legend Larry Doby. The town library features a bronze figurine of an African-American boy reading a Langston Hughes poem. And the police chief tells his officers they should… Read More »

When a black man ran for Senate in the South… in 1944

A good 10 years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case, the Supreme Court in 1944 struck down another pernicious plank of formalized racism: the whites-only primary election. In response, South Carolina became a center of African-American political activism — with the first Black-led splinter challenge to the Democratic Party and… Read More »

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

A jury has sentenced to death the man who murdered nine people in a Charleston church basement in 2015. The twelve jurors deliberated for about three hours before sentencing Dylann Roof, 22, to die. To impose the death penalty, they had to reach a unanimous decision. It is the same jury that found Roof guilty… Read More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Walter Scott Shooting

A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict. In a statement read by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, the jury said “We as the jury regret to… Read More »