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Beyond Catfish Row

 

Catfish Row lives on. It exists in all the neighborhoods of metro Charleston that are on the wrong side of the color line. But maybe that color line is not indelible. 

 

 

'There's a lot of work to be done'

White and black Charlestonians live on opposite sides of a seemingly indelible color line. On the white side is advantage; on the black side, inequality. But after the massacre at Mother Emanuel Church on June 17, 2015, the community, regardless of race or ethnicity, came together. In houses of worship and many other meeting places, grieving but determined Charlestonians clasped each other and spoke with one voice. “Don’t deny. Unify”  was the common catchphrase.

Mayor John Tecklenburg, in an interview on CNN on June 26, when he was campaigning for office,  said:

 "There’s a lot of work to be done. We can make Charleston...a better place and a model to the world, not only in the way we’ve come together in unity, in hope and love in the last week, but in the way we deal with solving disparities going forward....We’re going to work on those problems here in Charleston.” 

That will be our job too at Beyond Catfish Row. We will document racial disparities wherever they exist, and report on what the community is doing to end them — to erase, once for all, Charleston’s color line. Please join us in this journey to a united and equal Charleston. 

-- TOM GRUBISICH and ELIZABETH BOWERS

Photo credit for view in the Upper Peninsula neighborhood of Eastside: Google Maps.

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