By Ekaterina Bylkina – January 20, 2013
South Carolina partied with a huge elephant in the room.
The South Carolina Inaugural Ball was held tonight at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and a statue of an ancient elephant was the centerpiece of the main dancing hall. Every guests who stepped inside the museum would notice that statue.
The other elephant in the room was hidden between lines in the title of the ball. South Carolina is a red state that traditionally votes Republican. And this election was not different. But despite that South Carolina was throwing a party to honor the inauguration of a Democratic President.
“No matter, there is a Republican or Democrat,” said Joe Harris who is President of the South Carolina State Society, “folks in South Carolina support their President.”
In fact, the Inaugural ball reflected an important movement inside the state. South Carolina, especially on the shore, has become more and more liberal over the years. WEBN Boston talked to South Carolina voter Broadus Jamerson who considers himself a loyal Obama supporter.
“I am very excited for the President and his view of the country. He is moving us forward. He set an atmosphere where everybody is inclusive, everybody is doing the best that they can.”
Jamerson was seated at the table with Avery Dyson, who has just returned to South Carolina after a 40 absence. Dyson found that the state has progressed in civil rights so he is now looking forward to further developments.
“When I moved back there, I found things quite different. When I left there, my high school was segregated, and now of course, all people study together. A lot of folks were farmers, and when I got back there, I saw a lot of professionals.”
State officials are also looking forward to some changes. The President of South Carolina State Society is hoping for more communication.
“I am expecting a little more cooperation,” contemplated Harris.“We can’t repeat previous four years in court of fighting and we should solve real…real problems that country is facing.”