The Divided States of America

Just avoid talk of religion, politics or money with our friends and family at our Fourth of July gathering, and all will be well? Not anymore. It seems there is little we can talk about with each other that won’t result in at least a war of words, and at most, a brawl.

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[Op ed columnists have long been among the most admired writers to Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration she calls RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.]

One nation under God…not anymore

The Divided States of America appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Photo of couple arguing.Charleston Mercury.

Check out Taylor’s other op eds:

Christendom is burning

In defense of the Pied Piper

Who is John Frum?

The chicken and the egg plant

Shall we stay or shall we go?

About the Charleston Mercury

The Charleston Mercury was founded by Henry L. Pinckney in 1819. He was its sole editor for 15 years. I ceased publication with the Union Army occupation of Charleston. After the Civil War, publication resumed in November 1866 before the newspaper closed permanently two years later in 1868.

The paper’s name was dormant until March 2000 when Charles W. Waring III and a group of investors started the “Charleston Mercury” online. The paper covered the inauguration of George W. Bush on a daily basis in Jan. 2001. In October 2002, Waring took the paper to print. From that point until March 2013, the paper published every two weeks; from March 2013 until the present, the paper has published a monthly edition under the ownership of Holy City Productions, LLC, an independent media firm owned by Waring and a group of investors. The “Charleston Mercury” newspaper reaches roughly 50,000 affluent readers in the greater Charleston area.

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Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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