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Volume XVI, Number 18

Local Business

NAACP to meet

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SEABROOK, SC - The Burton-DaleBeaufort Branch of the NAACP will meet at the Second Gethsemane Baptist Church, 350 Stuart Point Rd., Seabrook, S. C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. The Executive Committee will meet at 4:00 pm and the General Membership meeting will take place at 5:00 pm. All members and those interested in becoming a member are encouraged to attend. For additional information please contact Darryl T. Murphy at 843-271-0376 - Rita B. Smith, Secretary.

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BEAUFORT - The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event hosted by Hampton Inn Beaufort on April 5, 2013, located at 2342 Boundary Street from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All members and the public are invited. Refreshments and prizes. For details call (843) 986-1102.

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RIDGELAND, SC - Preachers VS Deacons basketball Game will be held on April 13, 2013, 6 p.m. at Ridgeland High School Gym in Ridgeland, S.C. Half-time features: Female ministers and Preachers wives VS Deacons wives in a free-throw contest. Contact: Lee & Luvenia Youmans-(843) 726-4888 - Rev. Renty Kitty-(843) 247-2199 or Rev. Donald Sheftall- (843) 368-7643.

Traveling Exhibit: U.S. Congressman James Clyburn, keynote speaker for opening event

U.S. Congressman Robert Smalls, 1874 they knew the correct signals and sailed to the safety of the Union forces gaining freedom for himself and his family. As a result of his fame that came from his daring deed, President Abraham Lincoln allowed him to lead the effort to enlist Black men to fight for the Union forces in the Civil War. He helped to recruit nearly 5,000 former enslaved African-American men for the Union army who fought valiantly during the Civil War. Smalls entered politics at the dawn of the Reconstruction era. He became a leader in Beaufort County, was elected to the South Carolina legislature and in 1874 he was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he served five terms. Congressman Smalls wrote legislation creating the public school system in South Carolina and dedicating land for Paris Island Naval Station.

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Smalls ended his career as collector of customs at the Port of Beaufort, where he died in 1915 and buried at Tabernacle Baptist Church. A wealthy man, Smalls purchased many homes in Beaufort, including the home of his former master, Henry Mckee. The exhibit at Tabernacle of “The Life and times of Congressman Robert Smalls” include furniture from the “big house” where Smalls and his mother were enslaved; two replicas of two ships that Robert Smalls piloted during the Civil War; letters written by Robert Smalls to dignitaries of the time; pictures of his home in Beaufort, SC, his immediate family and descendants through the generations. Copies of legislation that created the first public schools in South Carolina, the South Carolina Public Accommodations Act and legislation that created Parris Island Marine Base all submitted by Robert Smalls during his career as a South Carolina Legislator and US Congressman can also be viewed with this exhibit. State Representative Kenneth Hodges, who pastors the Tabernacle Baptist Church says, “Robert Smalls is truly the quintessential American hero, he left an indelible legacy of bravery, leadership and public service for our youths and all Americans. We are honored to have this exhibit in Robert Smalls Hometown at the site where he is buried during the 150th

BEAUFORT COUNTY - Beaufort County PALS will be hosting the 2013 U.S.D.A. Summer Food Service Program throughout Beaufort County. Anyone interested in sponsoring a food service site can contact Beaufort County PALS office at 255-6690. Food Service sites must be able to pass regular health inspections. Meals will be available at no charge to eligible children and will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Please reply by April 10, 2013.

Arnold C. Mitchell Jr. and mother, Mrs. Henrietta Mitchell sharing a happy moment together after Sunday worship service.

NATION - Life is sweet as a former President of the United States. Their lucrative speaking fees and book deals assure them a good life; but even better, they are still able to mooch off of taxpayers’ money. Under the Former Presidents Act, ex-presidents are given an annual pension equivalent to a Cabinet secretary’s salary — about $200,000 in 2012, plus $96,000 a year for a small office staff. Taxpayers also pay for other items like staff benefits, travel, office space, and postage. According to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, taxpayers shelled out nearly $3.7 million in 2012 for four living former presidents and one presidential widow. The former president who utilized a larger portion of the funds was

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U.S. Congressman James Clyburn Anniversary of Smalls capture of the Planter”. The exhibit’s opening celebration will be held on Robert Smalls’ birthday, April 5, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church beginning at 6:30pm. Congressman James Clyburn, the first AfricanAmerican elected to Congress from South Carolina after Reconstruction, will be the keynote speaker. Congressman Clyburn represents parts of the district once represented by Robert Smalls. The celebration will also include remarks from SC State Senator Clementa Pinckney and SC State Representative Kenneth Hodges both representing parts of the district once served by Smalls. The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls can be seen at the Tabernacle annex located at 907 Craven Street through June 19, 2013.

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BEAUFORT, SC - The Life of a South Carolinian who was born into slavery and eventually became a United States Congressman is examined in a new exhibit opening April 5 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort, South Carolina. The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls began as a part of South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program. The museum traveled the exhibit for three years and through 13 cities, including Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Huntsville Ala., before bringing it home to open at a venue located less than 10 ft. away from Robert Smalls’ Grave Site and Monument on the Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Campus. “The exhibit was on view at libraries, universities and museums presenting the remarkable story of Robert smalls to more than 75,000 people.” said Jeff Powley, manager of the exhibit On May 13, 1862 Robert Smalls and three other enslaved men escaped captivity in a courageous and well planned action during the Civil War. Smalls escaped to freedom when he commandeered a Confederate ship, the Planter, in Charleston Harbor posing as the ship’s captain with his crew. They were able to pass Confederate checkpoints because


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none other than George W. Bush — one of the lowest ranked presidents in the nation. He managed to rack up $1.3 million in expenses in 2012, spending $85,000 on telephone fees and another $60,000 on travel. Former President Bill Clinton came in second, racking up $1 million in expenses in 2012. His 8,300-squarefoot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George H.W. Bush came in third at nearly $850,000. Former President Jimmy Carter came in fourth place at about $500,000, purchasing $15,000 worth of postage. Although $3.7 million seems like quite a bit of taxpayers’ money, it is about $200,000 less than in 2011, and the sum in 2010 was even higher. It’s also a drop in the bucket when compared to the trillions of dollars that are spent elsewhere.

Corporations happy to send your children to prison, nearly any small offense The Gullah Sentinel Volume XVI , Number 18 Page

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NATION - Did you know that crime hasn’t increased over the last 30 years, but the prison population has virtually exploded? This revealing set of facts and data make it plain that there is a serious problem with American prisons and the way we’ve set up our justice system. Also, General Electric, which owns MSNBC, tends to have an interesting fondness for showing one documentary after another exposing prison life. Some believe that showing these documentaries helps to desensitize the American public to the modern day concentration camps that are serving as funnels for billions in corporate money. Black people are hit the hardest by this phenomenon, and many Black children are sent to prison for even minor offenses. A prison bed is built for your child on the day he is born. Prison privatization in its current form began in 1984 as a result of the War on Drugs. While crime rates otherwise remained steady dating back to 1925, the number of arrests quickly exploded. CCA houses over 80,000 inmates in more than 60 facilities across the US. From 1970 to 2005, the prison population rose 700 percent, while violent crime remained steady or declined. Between 1990 and 2009, the populations of private prisons shot up 1,600 percent. Today, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world – 754 inmates per 100k residents as of 2008. As of 2010, private corporations house over 99,000 inmates in 260 facilities nationwide. Corrections Corp. of America and other private contractors became members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit 501(c) association that advocates “tough on crime” legislation. In their 2010 report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Corrections Corp. of America discussed how drug policy reform threatens their business model: The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested,

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convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them. To ensure those pieces of legislation aren’t passed, Corrections Corp. of America spent $970,000 and GEO Group spent $660,000 lobbying Congress in 2010 alone. Private prison proponents claim that private corporations are able to provide the same service more efficiently than the government. However, according to the Department of Justice’s “Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons” report, private prisons offer at best a 1% cost savings over their government operated counterparts, while at the same time having 49% more assaults on staff and 65% more assaults on other inmates.

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National News Briefs Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday honored, postage stamp with her image

DETROIT, MICH - The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a postage stamp that features an image of Rosa Parks. Parks is known as “The First Lady of Civil Rights.” In Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, she refused to give up her seat of a bus she rode on to a White passenger as the White section became full. She was arrested for civil disobedience. However, the gesture made Parks instrumental in the activities of civil rights, including the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. A ceremony celebrating the unveiling of the new stamp was held on February 4th (Parks’ birthday) at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin indicted, 21 charges of ‘Katrina’ related corruption

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The former New Orleans Mayor has been indicted on 21 federal corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges against Nagin stem from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. The federal indictment accuses Nagin of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman who secured millions of dollars in city contract work after the 2005 hurricane. The charges include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy. The indictment also accuses Nagin, 56, of getting free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman in exchange for doing tax favors for the businessman.

Justice Clarence Thomas says he doesn’t talk because talking is overrated

WASHINGTON - If you paid any attention to the Supreme Court’s recent oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act on, then you may’ve been surprised by Justice Kennedy’s questions and concerns abou t Section 5. You probably weren’t surprised, however, to see that Justice Clarence Thomas didn’t ask any questions, especially considering that Thomas rarely opens his moth. Justice Thomas made major news when he cracked a joke last January, but aside from that, he pretty much keeps his mouth shut. In 2008, then candidate Obama famously said that he wouldn’t have nominated Thomas to the bench because Thomas lacks the intellect. Justice Thomas, however, has other reasons why he says he doesn’t talk during oral arguments: Talking is overrated. In 2009, Thomas said, ”Some members of the court like that interaction. … I prefer to listen and think it through more quietly.” He continued: “I find that coherence that you get from a conversation far more helpful than the rapid-fire questions. I don’t see how you can learn a whole lot when there are 50 questions in an hour.”

Your courtroom appearance is everything NEWS

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Bahiya Lawrence, Esq. Gullah Sentinel News Service

ATLANTA, GA - We’re all familiar with the dress code at our work place, in the classroom and even in the church, but a dress code in the courtroom? Yes, there is such a thing. Far too often defendants stand before a judge while wearing sneakers, white tee shirts, sports jerseys, and baggy jeans with their underwear showing. However, what many defendants, private defense attorneys, and family members waiting in the gallery fail to realize is that appearance is everything. An individual’s appearance matters, especially in the courtroom. When the odds are already against you in the courtroom, why add more fuel to the fire? Simply wearing a button-down collared dress shirt, slacks and a blazer jacket makes a world of a difference. This attire suggestion can be applied to both men and women. Also, these clothing items can be borrowed from family and friends or bought at a local thrift store. I have seen first-hand in a conservative southern city Prosecutor’s Office what a difference ones appearance can make when standing before the judge. I recall observing an elderly judge remit the court cost ($176) just because the defendant (with a DUI charge) was wearing a clean collared shirt and a pair of khaki pants. I remember another judge offering community service as a sentence to a defendant simply because he was donning a tie and a button-down shirt. Now these may not seem like major feats,




showing a judge that you understand the seriousness of your present situation through your appearance, does make a difference. Appearance is everything in every other aspect of life and the courtroom is no different. So, if you find yourself or a loved one a victim of unfortunate circumstances that land you in the criminal justice system, remember to pull out the old “Sunday’s best” for them to wear on their court date. It will make a world of a difference. Note: This article is for informative and educational purposes only, and should not be understood as legal advice.

Notorious klansman dies, age 82: allegedly part of the “Mississippi Burning”

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NESHOBA COUNTY, MISS - Olen Burrage is dead at the age of 82. The man is wellknown for being involved in the case of Ku Klux Klansmen who killed three civil rights workers during the 1960s. He died recently at a hospital , according to the McClain-Hays Funeral Home. A cause of death has not yet been released. Burrage did his work in Neshoba County in central Mississippi. He said he knew nothing about the murders when they took place. The case was notoriously labeled as the “Mississippi Burning” by the FBI and a film was later made about the incident. Seven of those charged were convicted of their crimes. None of them were in prison for longer than six years for the killings. The jury failed to convict Edgar Ray ‘Preacher’ Killen, a local pastor who was accused of orchestrating the killings. He was charged again in 2005

for the deaths of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. He was convicted and is currently serving a 60-year sentence. Ben Chaney, the younger brother of James Chaney, asked the United States Justice Department to go after Burrage and other suspects, but that never happened. “I am disappointed. Wow! I’m very disappointed,” Chaney said when hearing about Burrage’s death. Perhaps he had another fate in store for him. Chaney’s reasons for going after Burrage were substantial, since a man confessed to meeting with him after the killings took place. Horace Doyle Barnette spoke of the meetings with the FBI, saying: “Burrage got a glass gallon jug and filled it with gasoline to

be used to burn the 1963 Ford car owned by the three civil rights workers,” Barnette said. “Burrage took one of the diesel trucks from under a trailer and said, ‘I will use this to pick you up, no one will suspect a truck on the road this time at night.’ It was then about 1 to 1:30 in the morning.” It sounds like he might

File Photo of a young Olen Burrage have been the one that got away.

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Intellectuals and Race The Gullah Sentinel Volume XVI, Number 18 Page



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Walter E. Williams

After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty. Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of Blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class Whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for Black behavior. It's lamented that Blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired," because Williams Blacks are terminated before Whites. That's seen as evidence of discrimination by White employers, but White employees are terminated before Asian-American employees. Is that employer discrimination against Whites? Intellectuals accept statistical data as showing discrimination when it reinforces existing preconceptions and reject or ignore it when it doesn't. It's the same story in the housing market. Newspapers, television commentators, civil rights leaders, academics and politicians see racial discrimination as the cause for Black mortgage loan applicants being rejected more frequently than White applicants. In 2000, Black applicants were turned down for prime mortgage loans twice as often as Whites; however, White applicants were turned down nearly twice as often as Asian-Americans. The racial discrimination explanation requires that we believe that White bankers racially discriminate not only against Blacks but against Whites, as well. It also requires that we believe that Black-owned banks are in cahoots with Whiteowned banks, because they, too, turn down Black mortgage applicants more often than White applicants. The true explanation is not rocket science. Lenders prefer to lend to people who will pay them back. Average credit scores are higher among Whites than Blacks and higher among AsianAmericans than Whites. During the early 20th century, there were mass migrations of Blacks from the South. Both the Black-owned Chicago Defender and the Urban League offered published advice to their less tutored brethren, such as: "Don't use vile language in public places." "Don't throw garbage in the backyard or alley or keep dirty front yards." "Do not carry on loud conversations in street cars and public places." Jews, Germans and Irish made similar appeals to acculturate their ill-mannered cousins. These efforts produced positive results over the years. That has changed with today's multiculturalism vision. Efforts to get minority groups to acculturate to the linguistic, dress and other norms of the larger society are seen negatively by multiculturalists as a form of cultural imperialism. Intellectuals and academics call for celebrating diversity. That means wearing one's trousers low enough to see one's butt, men wearing a head full of pigtails, and using poor language that's sometimes vulgar are part of the liberal's vision of "celebrating diversity." Then there's the "acting White" charge, when Black youngsters who conduct themselves according to the norms of the larger society are criticized and often assaulted by their presumably "acting Black" peers. Sowell concludes that our nation is painting itself into a corner when it comes to thinking about racial problems. Whole cities, of which Detroit is a classic example, have been devastated physically, socially and economically by racial problems -- which cannot be discussed honestly by elected officials, people in the media or academics, who do not want to become pariahs or, even worse, lose their jobs. This moral paralysis is paid in blood -- mostly the blood of Black people preyed upon by criminals, though in recent years, there have been violent mob attacks on White people in shopping malls, on beaches, on public transportation vehicles and in other public places. These attacks often go unreported, are minimized or are reported without detail, even though the attackers shouted their hatred for White people. The use of sufficient force to stop these attacks would be called "excessive" in the media and by politicians or "community leaders." My own conclusion is that Black people waged a successful civil rights struggle against gross discrimination. It's White and Black liberals, intellectuals, academics and race hustlers who have created our greatest hurdle.

Some of Us…Don’t like Us

Herman Gaither

Throughout history there are instances where one group/race/creed has been marginalized within the dominant society. There were members of American-Indian tribes who aligned themselves with the settlers, there were Jews that joined the Nazi Party, there were African leaders that worked with the slave traders, there were slaves that aligned themselves with the masters, and many other instances of such behavior in the history books. This feeling of being suppressed, constricted, or denied full participation in the greater society sometimes manifests itself when individuals in the constricted group begin to direct their frustration towards their own. I find that this expression of selfhatred can take one of two probable forms. Either the frustration is expressed in acts of violence or in self-excommunication from membership in the group. In the first instance, individuals begin to assign little value to the life and being of other members of the group. I believe this is evident within our community in the form of Black on Black crime. When one does not see in others that look like him/her…a real person with hopes, dreams and aspirations, then the existence of that person is not important to that individual. Therefore, taking such a life has little

meaning and has little cause for reflection or remorse. Lives in the greater society are viewed as being different, having more value, and having greater consequences should they be threatened. So our young men kill and maim each other without any regrets as they do not value their lives as an opportunity to do better and greater things. We don’t like us and so we try at every opportunity to destroy us. These individuals have no sense of time or place and are concerned only with the present and causes from the past. We therefore, must convince our leaders in all areas to begin to address the issues of self-hatred, limited knowledge of the possibilities of life, and begin to instill a sense of future and value for life and living. The second manifestation of selfhatred is more sophisticated and to me much more dangerous. There are some of us that do not like us and show this disgust by joining the dominant group. For these individuals the ultimate achievement is to be recognized by the dominant group as one of them. You might point out that sometimes there are obvious differences between the groups, but I believe that these individuals become blind to these differences and in their own minds they possess all of the attributes of the dominant group. The danger here as defined by me is that throughout history and today these

individuals are exploited by the dominant group. Often these individuals stress their turbulent upbringing and Gaither their rise from Former Superintendent nowhere to someBft. Co. Schools where. They spout their stories to a dominant audience that listens but does not hear, that looks but cannot relate, and appreciates the story only if it can be used to further the will of the majority. If these individuals are of the ilk of Herman Cain or Allen West we can be assured that only the most gullible will be swayed by their verbiage. But when they reach the halls of the US Senate or the bench of the Supreme Court, the damage that can be rendered is substantial. To be honest, there are many individuals for which I have no great fondness. But I like my people as I like all people. I want for my people what I want for all people. I do not believe that I can reach some greater level by stamping down those like me. For in the end we will leave here just as we came…naked and needing someone to care for our body.

Black Caucus’ relentless pursuit of insubstantial symbolism

Glen Ford

a whole? The Congressional Black Caucus Marcia Fudge, the Cleveland congresswoman who chairs the would do better to push for specific poliCongressional Black Caucus, is pressing forward with her cam- cies at each of the cabinet level departpaign to get more African-Americans on President Obama’s cabi- ments of government; that would be net. Fudge is saying, in effect, that Obama isn’t rewarding his something substantive and useful to do. most loyal constituency commensurate with the support Blacks But instead, they complain that Obama Ford have given him at the polls. The kind of reward she’s talking about isn’t providing enough symbolism. is symbolic. She’s not talking about policy – that is, how governHarlem Congressman Charlie Rangel ment policies affect the great mass of Black people – but about the says its damn “embarrassing” that appearance of things. Obama’s cabinet is so devoid of color. But, what he should be Obama has lost two of his Black cabinet members, two embarrassed about, is that the Obama administration does not take Hispanics, and two Asians. However, these exits didn’t have any- race into consideration, at all. The Black Caucus keeps saying that thing to do with policy, but with personal career decisions. Black the cabinet should “look like America.” However, I think it is best employees were treated viciously in the Environmental Protection that an administration look like the people it actually serves, the Agency when an African-American woman, Lisa Jackson, was in people who benefit from it, so that everybody will understand how charge, according to the No Fear Coalition, and environmental policy is really formulated, and for whose benefit. In that sense, Obama’s cabinet in his second term looks just racism was never a priority of the EPA under Jackson’s watch. Why, then, is the absence of Lisa Jackson, or some other about right: its full of rich White folks, the same class that his Black person just like her, considered a loss to Black America as administration really works for. The Congressional Black Caucus and the whole of the Black Mis-leadership Class were greatly disappointed that Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice didn’t get the Secretary of State job. The fact that Rice is a rabid militarist who was in some ways to the right of the Bush administration on Africa policy, and has sheltered those Barbara Lawson debate ideas and ideals. He does indeed exist in class. who are responsible for the death of mila “captured space where conformity and adheMr. Gaither, shame lions in the Congo, doesn’t bother the As usual, Mr. Gaither has given an accurate sion to an assigned dogma is expected.” on you for impugning Black Caucus. U.S. Africa policy is not the description of the enemy, and it is himself. The Mr. Gaither seems to think, as do most liber- the intelligence and Lawson Caucus’s real concern; it’s the appearances “bubble” does indeed keep him from being aware als and academics, that Government has its own integrity of those who that count. of the real world, where people discuss and money. They think that Government is inde- have worked hard, conThe Black Caucus once put forward pendent of the people, of the econ- tributed, and are now justly concerned about our Congressman Sanford Bishop’s name for omy, of the law. nation’s future. These issues are DIRECTLY Secretary of Agriculture. Bishop is one of ADDRESS: 909 Bladen Street, Beaufort,SC 29902 He speaks of town-hall atten- related to national defense, health-care, and myrtwo Black members of the Blue Dogs, a PHONE: (843) 982-0500 • FAX: (843) 982-0631 dees on social security as if they iad issues which you cannot see connected from coalition of right-wing Democrats. Bishop EMAIL: do not understand that taxes taken inside your bubble. WEB: was one of four Black congresspersons to from a shrinking number of diminIt is easy for a liberal academic to purport vote in favor of George Bush’s War Powers ished paychecks are funding their shallowness in others. When your deepest-held Act, in 2002, while the vast majority of retirement, and the continued mis- ideal is belief in your own personal judgment, Black people opposed the war. So, how Operations Manager ................................................ B. Ballentine management of taxpayer money is you cannot understand the sacred, humble pledge would appointing Sanford Bishop to the Senior Staff Writer .............................................. Olatunji Adejola the greatest threat to the future for of a conservative to something greater than himStaff Writer ............................................................... 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Clearly, by Americans are approximately 33% of the Lowcountry’s total population. The Gullah that any Black person who gets a signifiSentinel offers to advertisers a unique readership that consists of professionals, educafewer people pulling the wagon is your insulting tone, you are not interested in crecant job in this administration will be tors, clergy and the general community. The Gullah Sentinel spotlights news and events stupid. They paid for those gov- ating a rapport with a conservative. Like Mr. about and for African-Americans, in turn keeping our readers informed about their conworthless to the rest of us – unless, of cerns. We also cover a variety of local and national news, editorials, social columns, ernment services with social secu- Obama, you simply jab, sneer, and then throw up church news and sports. The Gullah Sentinel has started a tradition of being informative course, you're counting Black faces in high as well as entertaining. Opinions expressed by the writers are not necessarily those of the rity taxes. Not so the dependent your hands and say, “I tried!” Not good enough. places. publisher, advertisers or the policy of this paper.

Letter to Editor:

Mr. Gaither...Living in a bubble

Dr. Ben Carson: Pres. Obama has worsened the abominable Black unemployment rate

Thursday, Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2013

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The Obama Administration hasn’t spoken to the racial disparity, claiming that broad economic policies should also help the Black community. The evidence says that this policy has not yet shown itself to be effective. Over the last year, Black unemployment has dropped just .4 percent, while White unemployment has dropped b a rate that was three times higher. “I think the best thing that he (President

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Obama) can possibly do that will help minorities is to enact policies that allow for growth of the economy,” said Carson. “Because when you look at the employment rate for instance in the African-American community, it’s abominable. And the policies that have been enacted have only made it worse. They have not made it better. So if he really wanted to be a hero in our community, let’s start

BALTIMORE, MD - Dr. Ben Carson, a famous neurosurgeon, has risen as a hero to some for taking a stance against the policies of the Democratic Party, and also speaking up against those policies at an event that featured President Barack Obama. Dr. Carson, who grew up with a single mother to become one of the most highly-respected doctors in history, has continued to ride the wave of momentum from his last speech by speaking out on the economic policies of the Obama Administration, stating that they’ve been harmful to Black Americans. “If President Obama wants to be a hero in the African-American community, he should do something to alleviate the “abominable” Black unemployment rate in America,” says Dr. Carson. Lieutenant Colonel (LT. COL) Keith M. Dr. Carson is currently the head of Rivers is a native of Beaufort, South pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Carolina. He graduated from Battery Creek Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, High School in 1986 and is a 1990 graduate Maryland. He recently told the of South Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree Christian Post that the Obama in Marketing. Administration has played a role in At graduation, LT.COL Rivers was commissioned as a worsening Black unemployment. Quartermaster officer. His military education includes the According to the Bureau of Labor Quartermaster Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, Petroleum and Statistics, Black unemployment is 13.8 Motor Officer Course, Planning, Programming, Budgeting/Execution percent, which is more than double the Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army rate for Whites, which stands a 6.6 perForce Management Course. cent. He was selected for the Senior Service College and is scheduled to begin courses this summer. Throughout his extensive military career LT. COL Rivers has served his country at various installations both stateside and abroad; he is currently serving as the Chief, Force Management Proponency Office, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. in spite of the many accommodations that he has received and regardless of the many miles Page 2 that may separate him, LT. COL, Keith Rivers always remembers the loving family that he has backing him every step of the way in his journey through life. From his childhood living in the Big Estate Community their families are regularly subject to located in Northern Beaufort price gouging by phone carriers. County, to his current status in While the average cost of a phone call the US Army, LT. COL Rivers in the United States is 3 cents per has never forgotten the minute, inmates and their families end importance of family and up paying between 16 cents and $5.00 heritage. He considers himself per minute. especially blessed to have his The profits are then split between father, the Rev. Preiester Rivers the carrier and the government body and the memory of his loving who awarded the contract. In fact, it is mother, the late Annie Ladson not uncommon for the government Rivers, as a continuing source body to receive a signing bonus from of inspiration and guidance. the carrier, like $17M in the case of Lt. COL Rivers is married Los Angeles County. Unlike the pub(Family L-R): Gladys, Are Jean, Janie, to the former Dorothy lic, the Federal Communications Rev. Preiester Rivers, Bruce, LT. COL Washington of Opelousas, LA Commission has no safeguards Rivers, Anthony, Dorthy, Walter, Annie, and they have two sons, against price gouging when it applies Rosa and Eunice. (Not shown Willlie R.) Damion and Andre. to those behind bars.

LT. COL Keith M. Rivers promoted to Colonel at the Pentagon, Washington DC



Dr. Ben Carson doing some things that make sense economically and get the money flowing.”

Celebrity News Bishop Eddie Long accuser, Centino Kemp, release ‘Tell All’ book

LITHONIA, GA - Centino Kemp has no problem admitting that he’s gay. He also has no issue with discussing his alleged encounters with Bishop Eddie Long, a prominent pastor in Atlanta. Kemp says that he met Long when he was 16years old and had just moved to the United States from Barbados. He also says that he was so close to Bishop Long that he had his named tattooed on his wrist. “Never a Mistake, Always a Lesson.” These were the words that followed Bishop Long’s name on Centino’s wrist. Centino is writing about his experience in a new book called “First Lady,” which is in book stores now. “The book, of course, contains all of the salacious details that the public wants to hear. But underneath all of this is the abuse and hypocrisy that many of our church leaders are tempted to embrace all too often,” said one reviewer. “Much of the church leadership is strong, but there are those snakes in the grass that should be held accountable for their behavior.”



Michael Jackson’s family, kids want $40 billion, wrongful death suit

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CALIFORNIA - There might be a boatload of money exchanging hands in the wrongful death lawsuit of the late Michael Jackson. According to TMZ, the family is suing for $40 billion dollars, which is a huge chunk of money. The defendant in the suit is AEG Live, an entertainment company that hired Dr. Conrad Murray. Dr. Murray is the man who was convicted of killing Michael and some blame Michael’s addiction to drugs on his death. But there are others who feel that Dr. Murray should never have given in to Michael’s impulses. Michael’s children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket joined forced with his mother Katherine Jackson, are saying that $10 billion is for the future earnings that their father would have had if he’d remained alive. The rest is for other damages, such as pain and suffering. AEG is saying that the number is out of control, since Michael’s career was on the down slide at the time of his death and that there is no way he could have earned that kind of money performing.


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venus and Serena’s 71-year old daddy has new baby with 33-year old woman

enough to be her grandfather. Richard was divorced from his exwife Oracene in 2002. She left the marCALF - They say that you’re never too riage after ending up with three broken old to start over again. If you want an ribs during a domestic violence incident example of this notion in practice, you for which her husband was never only need to look toward Richard charged. Williams. The father of tennis greats Richard’s son Dylan is only seven Venus and Serena Williams has gotten a months old. new lease on He has two youth by daughters having a and three baby with sons from a his 33-year previous old wife marriage that Lakeisha ended in Graham. 1973 before How Venus and young is Serena were Richard’s born. The Richard Williams, 71; wife? She’s reason that Lakeisha Graham, 33 and only one year Venus and older than 7 month old son Dylan Serena withVenus and drew from a two years documentary older than Serena. So, at least the all about their lives was because it porhave something in common. trayed their father as a controlling force Lakeisha started dating Richard in their back in 2009 and the two got engaged relationlater that year. They were married in ships. December, 2010, and she now enjoys financial security from a man who is old Gullah Sentinel Entertainment Service


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