The crucial South Carolina primary is set to take place on Saturday. So far, Newt Gingrich’s marital history and Mitt Romney’s career as a corporate buyout specialist have dominated the rhetoric of the campaign. But no honest conversation about South Carolina can avoid the topic of race — not in a state where the Civil War began. A state that was home to some of the most powerful opponents of civil rights, and where the Confederate flag still flies in front of the state capitol.
You can look at the dozens of African-Americans who hold seats in the state legislature and see changes that were almost unimaginable half a century ago. But when you ask, “Where does power really lie?” the answer isn’t so black and white … or maybe it is.