by Maya Pai
South Carolina, the infamous slave state,
Transformed into a place where Southern hospitality reigns supreme.
But who are we without the blood, sweat, and tears of the past?
It would be ignorant of us to not acknowledge the ever-present foundations of racism in our
state. For yes, things may have gotten better.
But better is not enough.
With tragedies like the Emanuel 9 ever-present in our hearts,
We must at once discuss the plaguing prejudice that swarms above.
We often shy away from talks of race and discrimination,
Perhaps an attempt to distance ourselves from our gruesome past.
But how can we move forward if we do not begin to fix the issues at present?
For even if the plant of racism were truly demolished,
The roots of hate would still wreak havoc.
No one can deny the privilege not afforded to many African Americans,
Disenfranchisement and poverty, the unforgivable stains of the past.
So how can we as a state improve?
We start conversation.
But more importantly, we begin proactive change.
We support campaigns for our brothers and sisters,
Black Lives Matter, and not only just after publicized tragedy.
People often blame gang violence and drug use.
But what can we say when we sit idly and offer no assistance?
T.H.U.G. echoes in the streets.
For the same thing keeps happening, time and time again.
And should you not be able to lend a penny,
Lend your ear, and listen to your black community.
Together we mourn the thousands and thousands of innocents lost.
For their only fault was their own skin color, given to them by God.