This October, with the South Carolina presidential primary four months away, NPR came to Columbia to find out what South Carolinians were thinking.
And our own Rev. Tiffany Knowlin Boykin was one of the four local people they asked. She was on a panel consisting of:
- Gavin Jackson, reporter and host of South Carolina ETV’s public affairs show “The Week in South Carolina” and the “South Carolina Lede” podcast.
- Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Democratic state representative for District 66 in Orangeburg County, a position she’s held for the past 27 years, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, social worker and CEO of CASA Family Systems.
- Matt Moore, former South Carolina Republican Party chairman from 2013 to 2017, and partner at the political and grassroots strategy firm First Tuesday Strategies.
- Rev. Tiffany.
Here’s a sample of what she had to say, when asked about how closely faith and politics are intertwined in South Carolina:
I think that they are greatly intertwined. I think, particularly, what has been something that has always been a part of the, historically, the African American experience, or the black church, and I serve a historically black church — just celebrated 150 years of existence the weekend before last — I think that there is no there is no separation of, ‘Well, I’m this way at church, and this with my job, and I’m this way when I’m in the grocery store.’ Who I am is who I am, and that faith is just an integral part. So there is no compartmentalization of life. All of life is holy, all of life is sacred, wherever I am. So I think that that’s a huge piece of how people even approach going in the voting booth. They’re approaching it thinking, ‘I’m not not a Christian when I go in there. I’m a Christian whenever and wherever it is that I happen to be, and I think that that’s the sentiment that people seek to try to take with them wherever they are.
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