Race Matters

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Palmetto Perspectives is South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV's new quarterly program aiming to bring together a diverse group of voices to discuss the important issues facing the state of South Carolina and its communities.

In light of the protests that followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other unarmed black Americans, Palmetto Perspectives hosts Thelisha Eaddy and Adrienne Fairwell are joined by a panel of leaders from South Carolina’s African American community who will discuss these killings, the subsequent protests and how to overcome these tragedies.

The authors of "We Are Charleston" (left to right) historian Dr. Bernard Powers, State Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and former journalist Herb Frazier
Jack Alterman

In the months following the unimaginable church massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a poet, a journalist and an historian came together to write a book.  They wanted to explain to a nation not only what happened, but why.

Why were nine Black parishioners gunned down by a white stranger?

Five years later, the authors of "We Are Charleston" find themselves trying to explain again why more African Americans continue to be killed across the country, repeatedly and publicly, this time by white police officers.