A white man walks into an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina; he sits in a pew during a bible study for an hour before taking it upon himself to take the lives of nine people. 6 females and 3 men; four of them reverends, died in a building that should be a safe haven – for any reason on any day of the week.
A place of joy and togetherness was turned into a shooting range brought on by nothing more than hate and ignorance. The oldest victim was 87 years old, the youngest, 26.
The facts will remain facts and opinions will run ramped. We’ll see news coverage with the shooter’s face plastered for all to see. The conversation will focus on what prompted the murders, what the victimizer’s childhood was like & we’ll hear how people perceived him.
It’s the same story, a different day. When will the focus be on the victims, rather than the victimizer?
The thing about the Charleston shooting is that this is the first one where I didn’t feel shocked. The emotion behind it was borderline numb.
“Of course it happened again…”
I felt disgusted with my feelings that have done nothing more than adapt to our way of life in America now. It’s like we, as a nation are just waiting for the next tragedy to hit. Is this violence the norm now? Do we have to just sit back and accept it? Where does it end?
I don’t see one in sight.
Even John Stewart opted out of his usual funny monologue to acknowledge the fact that still, we won’t do jack shit.
This shooting was nothing more and nothing less than a hate-fueled terrorist attack… and we won’t do anything more than pick apart the health and mindset of this person & wait for the next crazy ass person to do it again. The media will continue to produce the ammunition, while we soak it up.
Keep it classy, America.
Rest In Peace.
- Cynthia Hurd, 54, branch manager for the Charleston County Library System
- Susie Jackson, 87, longtime church member
- Ethel Lance, 70, employee of Emanuel AME Church for 30 years
- Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, admissions counselor of Southern Wesleyan University
- The Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, state senator, Reverend of Emanuel AME Church
- Tywanza Sanders, 26, earned business administration degree from Allen University
- Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, retired pastor (died at MUSC)
- Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45, track coach at Goose Creek High School
- Myra Thompson, 59, church member