The only thing I can say to the 9 victims, their families and to all black folks who are feeling a little more afraid and a little less safe is: I am sorry. I am so damn sorry. I am so sorry that this country, this country ruled for so long by white privilege & fear, has terrorized you for so long. This was a lynching, a terrorist attack, pure and simple, but instead of a noose the terror weapon that was used was the new tool of white hate, the handgun. I am so so so sorry…
I am not going to waste time talking about the piece of filth that did this besides that I hope he is caught and sentenced to life. Instead I will say that the Grandmother who threw her body over her 5 year old Granddaughter and saved her life is a hero, the sort of hero that gives me hope for this world. That woman is the sort of person I aspire to be.
May all the victims rest in peace.
Charleston Police say that the suspect is around 21, slender build, sandy blonde hair, wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and Timberland boots.
Also, the Church attacked was a center of the Black Abolition Movement & the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the Church in 1962. This was as much an attack on a symbol of African American pride & history as much as on the people inside at the time.
6/19/15 UPDATE: They caught the bastard! Dylann Storm Roof (what an fucking stupid ass name…sorry, but it is) has been charged w/ 9 counts of 1st Degree Murder for his actions at the Emanuel AME Church. He may yet be charged federally for a hate crime under Domestic Terrorism charges. The Justice Department has opened and investigation on both counts. This degenerate racist spewed some White Nationalist & Tea Party/GOP oriented lies about Black Americans as he gunned down these innocent people in their place of sanctuary and worship. The photo released of him to the press shows him wearing a scowl and two white nationalist flag decals on his jacket, including the flag of former White Ruled Apartheid South Africa. This “man” is obviously a racially motivated terrorist like the “men” who killed the Civil Rights Workers in Mississippi, or the one who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. He is defined by hate, consumed by it, and already gun rights fanatics, GOP/Teaparty supporters & racists are trying to “excuse” his actions or blame it on the Black community. This will not stand. This fiend will be tried, convicted and either sent to prison for life or executed. I hope it is the former, because there is no more need for death & I can think of no better justice than for this fool to rot in a cell for the rest of his long, long life. The families, showing more compassion, strength, love & dignity than I think I could ever muster if I were in a similar circumstance, have forgiven the terrorist Roof, and said they just want to move on and not let his actions drag them down into more hate. They just want to have people remember their loved ones and to work on making racism like this a bad memory. Amazing. Read that story here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/19/dylann-roof-family_n_7623252.html