I remind my colleagues from the Fourth Estate that the last time their city launched an unprovoked attack, it touched off a war that lasted four years, caused millions of deaths and plunged the South into crippling poverty for a century.
Of course, Charleston survived the Civil War in better shape than either Atlanta or Columbia because its city fathers surrendered to Gen.William T. Sherman as soon as he showed up with his Zippo.
Charlestonians didn't do a whole lot better during the American Revolution. The British waltzed through there and had their way in the Carolinas, until they ran into backwoods settlers up this way.
Rock Hill is named for a granite outcropping that had to be blasted to make way for a railroad between Columbia and Charleston. This city has a foundation of granite. Charleston's Battery was built upon a landfill.
When the British Army approached the city in 1780, Charleston high society, who looked down upon the "less civilized" people of the Upstate, seemed content to surrender their city without much of a fight, and make the best of occupation. While Charleston became a center of power from which to fight and oppress the rest of the state, some of the better people of the city chose to stick up for their fellow South Carolinians in the Upstate, who regardless of how they lived, deserved better.
One of those better Charlestonians, Isaac Hayne, even went to the gallows for defying the arrogance of those who ruled Charleston.
Likewise, the better people of the Lowcountry have spoken up in indignation at Hicks' unjustified attack. My letter is also awaiting publication, and the lady I spoke with at the paper who called to verify my letter said they had at least fifty of them.
Good Charlestonians, gracious, respectful, and considerate, are above that trash that was published in the Post and Courier. I'm glad I'm not the only one.