Party down: Voting and power in South Carolina

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.

Watch the rest of the segments from this episode.

 

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BC3D7G3BUUNCUZUNZ2OZ3FT2LE JohnI

    The Republican Party is the Party of the Rich; Only help the Rich to get Richer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BC3D7G3BUUNCUZUNZ2OZ3FT2LE JohnI

    The Republican Party is the Party of the Rich; Only help the Rich to get Richer!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BC3D7G3BUUNCUZUNZ2OZ3FT2LE JohnI

    The Republican Party is the Party of the Rich; Only help the Rich to get Richer!

  • see

    Glenn McCall has lost his mind, What planted did he grow up on you must have been in the dumb class or look the other way when they change the rules when poor people try to  put there foot in the door, you talk like he was there helping them close the door are he kiss so much butt that your eyes where so full of bull $$$$ that he don’t know to come up. Stop it McCall and give me a reason to say to God forgive you because you know not what you are saying and get off your KNEES !!!

  • Joy Haddocks James

      August 19, 2011
    Dear Congressman Ted Deutch:
    I am writing to you because of my discuss after watching the Rachel Meadows Show Thursday night (8/18/2011).  She referred to recent comments made by Senator Coburn of Oklahoma regarding President Obama.  His comments were so offensive I did not continue watching program I TURNED OFF MY TELEVISION IN DISCUSS. 
    Senator Coburns comments were Vicious, Ugly and Dispicable to all Black People in this country.  His blatant racist comments are UNACCEPTABLE not just to me but also to the Office he holds. 
    This man is a United States Senator, which is one of the highest Positions of Leadership in this Country.  I respect his right to say anything he wants in private.  But when he speaks publicly as a United States Senator a Representative of the People of this country, he is held to Standards of Responsibilty.
    My Grandparents and Great Grandparents had to put up with this kind of Racist Speach from public officials  during their time.  I grew up in a different era (1960′s and 70′s) and I will not tolerate having Government officials telling me I am a piece of garbage, simply because I Am A Black American.
    I want these  comments he made addressed and appropriate action taken  by the Senate.  This Country has been going forward from it’s Ugly Racist Past.  In order for this to continue, Leadership cannot ignore comments of this nature from other leaders. 
    I Ask you to investigate this matter (contact Rachel Meadows (MSNBC)if necessary to attain copy of these offensive comments towards Black People.
    Thank You,
    Ms Joy Haddocks James
    Copies sent:  Palm Beach Post, Senators Nelson(FL), Rubio(FL), CBC,

  • Joy Haddocks James

      August 19, 2011
    Dear Congressman Ted Deutch:
    I am writing to you because of my discuss after watching the Rachel Meadows Show Thursday night (8/18/2011).  She referred to recent comments made by Senator Coburn of Oklahoma regarding President Obama.  His comments were so offensive I did not continue watching program I TURNED OFF MY TELEVISION IN DISCUSS. 
    Senator Coburns comments were Vicious, Ugly and Dispicable to all Black People in this country.  His blatant racist comments are UNACCEPTABLE not just to me but also to the Office he holds. 
    This man is a United States Senator, which is one of the highest Positions of Leadership in this Country.  I respect his right to say anything he wants in private.  But when he speaks publicly as a United States Senator a Representative of the People of this country, he is held to Standards of Responsibilty.
    My Grandparents and Great Grandparents had to put up with this kind of Racist Speach from public officials  during their time.  I grew up in a different era (1960′s and 70′s) and I will not tolerate having Government officials telling me I am a piece of garbage, simply because I Am A Black American.
    I want these  comments he made addressed and appropriate action taken  by the Senate.  This Country has been going forward from it’s Ugly Racist Past.  In order for this to continue, Leadership cannot ignore comments of this nature from other leaders. 
    I Ask you to investigate this matter (contact Rachel Meadows (MSNBC)if necessary to attain copy of these offensive comments towards Black People.
    Thank You,
    Ms Joy Haddocks James
    Copies sent:  Palm Beach Post, Senators Nelson(FL), Rubio(FL), CBC,