I object to the enlarged, bold front-page headline: “Hunt continues for killer of 4” (The Times and Democrat, July 10) and would like to suggest that the word “search” be used when referring to an endeavor to locate a person or persons of interest.

As a historian specializing in Jim Crow's brutal regime, the headline is all too reminiscent of the routine “hunts for Negroes” sensationalized by the era’s newspapers to hype these gruesome chases by law enforcement, bloodhounds and armed posses of citizens numbering in the hundreds, sometimes thousands.

A few examples follow:

  • Augusta Chronicle, Sept 6, 1922: “Negro Slayer Being Hunted by Sheriff and Posses” (in Kinards, S.C.)
  • The State, Dec. 15, 1923: “Negro Runs Amuck, Eight Persons Wounded in Manhunt, Fugitive Captured” (in Drew, Mississippi)
  • Augusta Chronicle, June 22, 1925: “1000 Hunt Negro” (in Columbus, Georiga)
  • The State, Feb. 16, 1927: “Negro’s Arrest to Bring Reward, Governor Aids in Hunt” (in Marion County)
  • The State, Nov. 4, 1933: “Sheriff’s Slayer is Being Hunted, Large Posse Combing Fairfield for Escaped Negro” (in Fairfield County).

Animals are hunted whether for food or sport. Children engage in scavenger and Easter egg hunts for entertainment. We do not hunt people.

-- Elizabeth Robeson, Orangeburg

M. Phil

American history

Columbia University

Homeless man and his dogs

As a community we have a chance to help not only two dogs but the homeless man who considers them his family.

Can we work together -- local churches, social service organizations, animal rescues, individuals -- to make a difference in one man’s and his family’s life?

Compassion starts at home. Home is Orangeburg. Can we come together to make this happen? He has been offered a home if he gives up his dogs. That would be like giving up your children. He chooses to keep his dogs and live on the street in 100-plus degrees.

We do not want to approach him with an offer for help until we know that help can be provided. He needs safe shelter, even if it’s a shed with a bed and air conditioner. His dogs need vetting, he needs a job and a safe place to leave his dogs so he can work.

These are just a few of the challenges that I know we can overcome if we work together. If you are reading this, let us know can we count on you to help solve this. If you are willing to try, and that is all we ask, then email me at cbs1008@aol.com

-- Cindy B. Smith, Orangeburg

Smith is a founder of Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition


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