by Brian Hicks
It’s a shame Mary Moultrie didn’t live to see this.
Last week, trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina apologized for the hospital’s policy of racial discrimination that led to the 1969 hospital strike.
So bravo, and better late than never because — make no mistake — it was discrimination, pure and simple.
The hospital had a policy of paying black “non-professional workers” — the nurse’s aides, the food service workers, the people who changed the bed linens — 30 cents an hour less than the federal minimum wage. Read more ›
BY JAMIE SELF
A Charleston state senator says he will introduce gun-control legislation in January in response to recent gun violence in his home city.
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, said the June 17 slayings at Emanuel AME Church and more recent incidents of gun violence show the need for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.
Kimpson said he hopes the state Senate will give his proposals serious consideration when it returns to work in January. “I don’t think there is any dispute that there is a direct correlation between weak gun laws and violence,” Kimpson told The State on Monday. “It is within our power to do something about it.” Read more ›
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina state senator who represents the district that includes Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church is proposing tougher state gun controls in the aftermath of the shootings at the church that killed nine people.
Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced Monday he plans to pre-file bills in the General Assembly banning assault weapons, strengthening background checks and creating a gun registration system to make it easier to track guns. Read more ›
Acknowledging “grave mistakes of the past,” trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina passed a resolution Friday expressing regret for racial discrimination that led to the 1969 Hospital Workers’ Strike and paying tribute to strikers and other “agents for change.”
The action came as MUSC continues to work through its Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in an effort to address current concerns.
PDF MUSC resolution
PDF Letter by Sen. Marlon Kimpson Read more ›