It has been weeks since I have been here in the Chronicle. I have a good excuse though. I was so near death's door that the knocker on it bore my face, grimaces and all.
It is front-page news all across the state and indeed nationwide — a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happened.
This week, more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say, and (3) what it means for the rest of the state.
In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate. And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.