April -- good walking weather. If you're of a mind, consider adding your body to the mix of uppity folk stepping out this month. On April 12, the Coalition of Burned Churches is sponsoring a march in Columbia as a celebration of racial solidarity and good will. The Coalition hopes to raise money to erect a monument on the grounds of Allen University to remember the houses of worship terrorized in last year's attacks. Call 803-251-0244 for details.
On the weekend of April 18 -- 20, South Carolinians will gather in Greenville for Gay Pride festivities. The march starts at noon on Elford Street. Bring sequins. (A "pro-family" rally is scheduled the next weekend, an event which Gov. David Beasley plans to attend. His spokesperson says the governor's appearance is not a protest of the Pride march, although the organizer of the rally says the event most certainly is.)
We are working on a story about rednecks for an upcoming issue of POINT. If you are one, know one, or did your thesis on the subject, we want to hear from you. Jokes are fine, but we are more interested in exploring the roots of redneckdom. What's the difference between rednecks and white trash? Is a redneck a good thing, a bad thing or something with bad hair? How does a guy join the club? Do they take chicks? Let us know.
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