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 […]

Common Ground in West Ashley

The Wrong Plan A week ago Monday, my wife and I went to John Wesley Methodist Church to attend the first of several “community input” meetings organized by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission.  (The second meeting, for the other half of “inner” West Ashley, was Tuesday, and the “outer” West Ashley meetings are this coming Saturday […]