The Blogland has received several reports of threats, some of the obscene and angry, floating around Clarendon County in the wake of last Tuesday's upset defeat of Clarendon County Council Chair Dwight Stewart, a white Democrat, by Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson, a Democrat whose ancestors were brought from Africa in bondage (so no, he's not white, as if skin color matters).
Some of the threats revolved around articles published in the Blogland - for which we don't apologize.
One of those threats came in a phone call to yours truly, which was pretty funny. It's happened before, with some of the threats in considerable detail, but nobody's touched me yet. Threats which have included reporting about classroom locations and dismissal times, threats to get me fired, run out of state, etc.
But I'm still here, and I'm not going anywhere.
Our message to the folks in Clarendon County is this: whether you're a Republican voter who helped upset Stewart by voting in your own party's primary - where you should be voting - or a black Democrat who voted, for the first time ever, to nominate a non-white candidate for a major office in your county, take pride in what you accomplished. Don't let little people with angry or shallow words detract from the real meaning of what happened Tuesday.
Clarendon County politics took a major turn in the last week. Some people don't like that, while others were empowered for the first time. We think that's a good thing, and in the long run, you'll realize it was a good thing as well.