Words still have the power to be divisive- Charleston Post and Courier

Many of these terms were designed to belittle those to whom they referred, said Von Bakanic, a professor of sociology who specializes in racial prejudice at the College of Charleston.

W. Scott Poole, a professor of history at the College of Charleston, said vernacular folk culture has long played a role in the naming of spaces and objects in the landscape, and sometimes those names are sexual or racist in nature.





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