Getting Paid for Failure

[Steve Bailey is doing a great job keeping an eye on the growing scandal of SCANA’s nuclear reactor project.  Here is his latest op-ed from the Post and Courier.] So with consumers yelling for heads to roll, what is South Carolina Electric & Gas planning next? The largest stock buyback in the company’s history, which […]

“Paying Twice” For A Racial Bias Audit That Council Won’t Vote On

On June 20, one day after the Post & Courier published my op-ed, the Mayor’s office issued a press release disputing factual statements I’d made. This press release contains several erroneous statements, some of which were contradicted by the Mayor during the June 20 council meeting. This document is still on the city website–it was […]

Charleston City Council’s Surprising Conversation

On May 23rd, during the Citizens’ Participation portion of the Charleston City Council meeting, members of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) spoke about the need for the city to hire an external auditor to investigate racial bias in the police department. At CAJM’s Nehemiah Assembly in April, we highlighted this issue in more detail and […]

Transparency, Whiteness, and the Unspeakable

In order to explain why the city of Charleston needs an external audit of its police department, I first need to ask a question. Why is it so hard, for many of us, to say that any police officers ever did anything wrong? We’re willing to criticize presidents and doctors and teachers if we believe […]

The Mike Seekings FlexValve

[This column first appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier on 29 April and is reprinted here with the writer’s kind permission.] On Monday, the heavens opened and the floods came, leaving much of the peninsula under water yet again. A day later City Council raved about a proposal to build a $40 million swimming […]