Painted Bunting – 19 January 2021 – Congaree Creek, Lexington County, SC – Irvin Pitts Painted Bunting – 19 January 2021 – Congaree Creek, Lexington County, SC – Irvin Pitts Source: Carolina Bird Club Painted Bunting – 19 January 2021 – Congaree Creek, Lexington County, SC – Irvin Pitts
Virginia Rail – 19 January 2021 – Bodie Island, NC – Greg Hudson Virginia Rail – 19 January 2021 – Bodie Island, NC – Greg Hudson Source: Carolina Bird Club Virginia Rail – 19 January 2021 – Bodie Island, NC – Greg Hudson
A meeting of the City of Chas. Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 and can be accessed by calling: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 831-9675-3917. The meeting will be streamed on the City’s YouTube channel.
Common Loon – 18 January 2021 – M.C.A.S. in Beaufort, NC – Dawson Smith Common Loon – 18 January 2021 – M.C.A.S. in Beaufort, NC – Dawson Smith Source: Carolina Bird Club Common Loon – 18 January 2021 – M.C.A.S. in Beaufort, NC – Dawson Smith
God willing we will have a new President and administration tomorrow, but it has been far from a peaceful or admirable transition.
The insurrection against the US Government last week (right) was not an isolated event and didn’t occur in a vacuum. For years, many Republicans – most recently led by Donald Trump – have encouraged the fringes of their party to move into delusional lies, where the inevitable end result was violence.
So what happens when it comes home to roost?
Charleston knows the evil pain of racist terrorism. It wasn’t long ago that a man walked into a black church and murdered 9 people for their skin color. We learned then (if we didn’t know it before) that racism and violence aren’t things that happen “out there” in the world, but right here in Charleston. Even more recently, the “Proud Boys” were harassing people in downtown Charleston and spewed their hatred of non-whites, women, and liberals from the steps of City Hall.
The Charleston Republican Party, talk radio, and local elected Republicans encouraged people to go to Washington, D.C. last week, knowing violence was a real possibility. People went and rioted inside and outside the US Capitol building, which as we know resulted in death, destruction, and chaos. Then they returned to Charleston, full of hate and adrenaline. What do we think would happen next?
Make no mistake about it. Over the coming months we will find that Charleston is home to multiple people who attacked our democracy on January 6th. The real question is, will we do anything about it? Or will they continue to be accepted in town, honored as speakers at Republican club events, and eventually voted into political office?
Calling out national activities and politicians is a vital and necessary first step. However, just as important and equally as pressing is for us to start calling out our local neighbors and Republican activists for their increasingly violent and radical views. It will take many acts of courage to do this, as our social lives and businesses are put at risk by holding our neighbors accountable. But our democracy depends on it.
Quirk-Garvan is the former Chair of the Charleston County Democratic Party. He lives in North Charleston with his wife and daughter and runs a socially responsible investment group. Learn more at www.bradyqg.com or @bradyqg (Twitter)