Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Sophomore University of South Carolina student Anna Chapman says as she read through her "Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare" textbook last fall, she couldn't believe what she saw.
"I am all for free speech, but not when opinion is presented as fact in a textbook," said Chapman.
When asked what didn't line up, Chapman first pointed out a passage about President Ronald Reagan.
"He viewed American males as rugged individuals who could accomplish almost anything if they tried," said Chapman, reading from the book "Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives" by Karen K. Kirst-Ashman. "Similarly, he ascribed to women primarily domestic functions and failed to appoint many women to significant positions of power during his presidency."
On ReaganFoundation.org, the site shares how Reagan's nomination of the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice "shattered a glass ceiling." Other sites acknowledge he nominated 1,400 women to high-level, policy-making positions.
"This book is not fact, it is not fact and what it said about Reagan, implying that he was a sexist without enough evidence to back it up, I mean..." said Chapman.
But Chapman says even more concerning to her was the consistent line the book drew between political parties.
"The way that conservatives view people, it says they view people as lazy, and incapable of true charity," said Chapman.
"Liberals are much more optimistic about human nature," Chapman read. "They tend to believe people are born with infinite possibilities for being shaped for the good."
"It personally offended me because I've grown up in a middle class, conservative family that gives more than they have and does everything they can to help people in need who reach out to them," said Chapman. "To me this is just as bad as something that is racist or sexist, because it's demonizing a specific group of people just because they have a certain belief."
We reached out to the University who declined to have a representative go on camera. However, USC University spokesman Wes Hickman has issued a statement which reads:
"The University of South Carolina is committed to the free expression of ideas across our community—academic freedom and a vigorous public discourse. Our faculty and academic programs are free to select texts for their courses and our students are encouraged to raise questions, challenge convention and develop their own ideas. This course, like many others, encourages critical thinking and we are pleased to see it has inspired a lively conversation, much like President Reagan did when he spoke to a crowd of 9,000 on our Horseshoe after being presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree Sept. 21, 1983."
But Chapman is hoping the University will send more than just a statement.
"I am glad the University has said something about it, but I don't think what they said was really good enough," said Chapman.
Chapman is hoping they'll take the book out of the curriculum and that whoever selects the textbooks from now on will take a closer look.
"This wasn't even a political science class, this was a class about social work," said Chapman. "It worries me that people are teaching this book to kids and people aren't even questioning it. If I didn't keep up with politics, I wouldn't question it."
Chapman adds that she's in the second part of her social work classes now and her current textbook has similar themes.
However, she says she has not had any issues with any of her other classes and doesn't want her textbook concern to be a reflection on the University as a whole.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>