S.C. woman that didn’t like Confederate T-shirt at fair charged with trespassing

Published 8:15 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2006

A Summerville woman who didn’t like a Confederate T-shirt being sold at a fair was charged with trespassing after she bought the shirt and stood outside the gates, asking people what they thought about it.

Deanna Bernstein, 38, said the T-shirt sold by a vendor at the Coastal Carolina Fair said “Confederately Correct Civil Rights for Southern Whites,” which she thought was offensive and inappropriate for children.

“These children are going by and they see the T-shirt and they think hatred is OK. How could anything change?” Bernstein told The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

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Bernstein said she was fined $440 and spent about eight hours in jail.

Coastal Carolina Fair president Chip Boling said Bernstein was well-mannered, but was asked several times to leave the property.

Boling said the fair’s unwritten practice is to prohibit merchandise with profanity or pornography. “Obviously, we may be looking at it further to see if it is something we need to do,” Boling said.

Bernstein moved to the area from Los Angeles about two months ago.

“The more people generalize, the more people hate, the more divided the cultures are going to be,” Bernstein said. “It is so ugly here in the South.”