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Noble offers wrong mindset

Posted: February 20, 2014 8:30 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

In response to Phil Noble’s February 19th column entitled “White Guys in Tall Buildings,” I offer the following:

It is telling, somewhat comical, and a little bit predictable that the President of the SC New Democrats would mark the occasion of Black History Month by pulling race into a conversation on the future of business in our state. This is just the mindset that brings us together and sends businesses clamoring to our borders. I guess we should expect no less given the performance of his party on a national level, and I imagine that the branding of “New Democrat,” at least in this context, is a helpful effort to get beyond the deplorable, but never publicized history of the Democratic Party regarding civil rights in the South.

I agree that business leaders and state politicians must work together to move our state in the right direction. I also agree that it is incumbent on all of us to view education as the backbone of our state’s economic skeleton. Blaming the Tea Party, of which I am neither a member nor an advocate, is admitting that you have no plan. Business leaders, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, etc., should be engaged in this struggle based on their abilities, track record and passion for our great state. Understanding and respecting the past is important, but the politics of race has no place in our future.


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