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CofCC Board Member Kyle Roger got a second letter to the editor published in the Orangeburg, SC newspaper
T&D Staff Writer Gene Zaleski wrote about me in his March 21 and March 29 articles concerning the Confederate monument at John C. Calhoun and Russell Street. Some of his information is incorrect.
Kevin Gantt, S.C. Department of Transportation project manager for the proposed improvement plan, says the Lower Savannah Council of Governments picked the intersection. The proposed project was then approved by Orangeburg City Council. The March 21st article implies that SCDOT picked the site. SCDOT only drew up the plans for the proposed project that was sent to them.
The story misrepresents the comments I made. I told the reporter that I was not familiar with the Orangeburg Historical Society and could only speculate on its motives.
I also never alleged an NAACP conspiracy. I simply pointed out that the LSCOG chairwoman was an NAACP member. Bernard Haire, mayor pro tempore of Orangeburg City Council, is a major NAACP supporter. The NAACP has waged a 20-year campaign against Confederate monuments and the Maurice Bessinger BBQ chain. Factor in that SCDOT says there are only 10 accidents a year at the intersection and it does not even have a stop sign yet. It seems extremely likely that the intersection was picked because of political and racial bias, not safety concerns.
The reporter and the newspapers also appear completely unaware that South Carolina state law prevents any government entity from altering the monument without the approval of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter that holds the deed to the site.
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A letter to the editor from a CofCC member caused a Orangeburg County Council member to go on the defensive. Note: She claims the committee she chairs did not pick the site. According to the SCDOT project manager, her committee did pick the site. The SCDOT had nothing to do with selecting the site, their job was just to draw up plans.
A letter to the editor insinuating the NAACP is behind planned intersection improvements near Edisto Memorial Gardens is “full of lies,” Orangeburg County Councilwoman Janie Cooper says.
“The NAACP knew nothing about it,” Cooper said during council’s Monday night meeting.
The S.C. Department of Transportation wants to change the intersection of John C. Calhoun Drive and Russell Street to add a full stop. The department says the change will make the intersection safer by removing the need for Russell Street traffic to merge onto John C. Calhoun Drive at an angle.
The project has drawn the opposition of some who say it would lead to the removal of a Confederate monument marking where Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman crossed the Edisto River.
Speaking during council’s Monday meeting, Orangeburg resident Abe Salama brought up the March 11 letter to the editor submitted by Kyle Rogers of Summerville. Rogers says he’s a national board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens.
Cooper is chairman of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments board of directors, the agency responsible for funding the project. Rogers noted that Cooper and other members of County Council are members of the NAACP.
Cooper said she is a member, and “I am sure that if you are the color of black you will join the NAACP for what it stands for.”
Published in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat
Intersection plan attacks Confederate symbols
A proposed construction project at the corner John C. Calhoun Drive and Russell Street in Orangeburg has put a Confederate monument and a Maurice Bessinger’s BBQ in danger.
Both of the properties in danger are the targets of a 20-year-old campaign by the NAACP and other black racial groups to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy. More recently the NAACP has expanded its efforts and now opposes Confederate symbols in cemeteries and even museums.
The selection of the intersection is allegedly based on safety concerns.
However, the S.C. Department of Transportation says there are only an average of 10 rear-end collisions per year at the intersection. There is also no traffic light at the intersection, only a stop sign. A simple traffic light would solve safety concerns. Patrick Hall, a senior transportation planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission, says he believes the project is not justified.
The project is a political and racially motivated attack on symbols of the Confederacy. The intersection was picked by the Orangeburg board of directors of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments. The chairman of this board is Orangeburg County Council member Janie Cooper, a major supporter of the Orangeburg NAACP. Other members are also Orangeburg County Council members. The chairman of the Orangeburg County Council is also an NAACP member. County Council has even passed pro-NAACP resolutions.
Next in the “checks and balances” process was Orangeburg City Council, which includes several supporters, and at least one member, of the NAACP.
I think this project was clearly routed in politics and racial animosity, not safety.
— Kyle Rogers, National Board Member, Council of Conservative Citizens
A proposed construction project at the corner John C. Calhoun Drive and Russell Street in Orangeburg has put a Confederate monument and a Maurice Bessingers BBQ in danger.
The project has many people crying foul. Both of the properties in danger are the targets of a twenty year old campaign by the NAACP and other black racial groups to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy. More recently the NAACP has expanded their efforts and now opposes Confederate symbols in cemeteries and even museums.
The selection of the intersection is allegedly based on safety concerns. However, the SCDOT says there are only an average of ten rear-end collisions per year at the intersection. This is a very low number. There is also no traffic light at the intersection, only a stop sign. Critics say that a simple traffic light would solve safety concerns. Patrick Hall, a senior transportation planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission says he believes the project is not justified.
Critics are suggesting that the project is a political and racially motivated attack on symbols of the Confederacy. The evidence seems to support this.
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