"When it comes right down to it, the people who define today’s Charleston and who are guiding us into the future, well, they’re from off. Yes, there are a few native sons and daughters who still help the Holy City, but their numbers are small."
I’m not a big fan of Chris Haire (neither his writing nor his views) in general, but this article is 100% on point. I’ve always thought the exclusivism of natives a bit illogical (after all, the original people who over time established Charleston’s culture in particular, and Southern culture in general, were either com-yahs or the children of them), but this just proves it. Being a native is definitely something to be proud of, but not to the exclusion of those who aren’t.