Is it the sign of the apocalypse when we aren’t safe in the house of worship, THE HOUSE OF WORSHIP? I mean, the recent tragedy that happened at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, surely isn’t the first and sadly to say, may not be the last.
But what does it say when a person can sit outside a church for an hour like a hunter stalking his prey, be invited in to pray with the church parishioners, only to turn around and kill them after almost changing his mind, because “they were nice to him”?
IMO, it takes a deprived, depraved, and a cowardly human being to mercilessly kill those that not only were praying, but extended a hand of invitation. What’s even worse, the family members of those that were slain were bombarded with talking pundits that said this was not an act of racism-rather a war on the church and Christianity.
Don’t get me wrong, an act such as this and the Birmingham church bombing of 1963, could be considered an act against the church, but let’s not forget that both churches were targeted because of their African American members. So to completely ignore the fact that this was an act of racist terrorism, whether it’s done accidentally or purposely, is not only a slap in the face to African Americans but a slap in the face to common sense.
And let’s not forget how Charleston County Magistrate, James B. Gosnell, in attempt to gain sympathy for Dylan Roof’s family members, called them victims, and ignored the real victims that were murdered and the pain that the surviving family members are feeling.
Those that want to skip over the little known issue that is racism, only want to continue the façade of the post-racial society bullshit that they try to shove down our throats. It’s like they want us to believe that racism disappeared the night that President Obama was sworn in, after he won his first presidential election. After all, how can racism still exist if the nation elected an African American president?
But no matter how much FOX news and the GOP want to play willfully ignorant to the fact that racism is alive and well and has gone digital and viral, the evidence to the contrary is plentiful. Do the recent police shootings ring a bell? I guess to them if Negroes aren’t being dragged from the back of pickup trucks or strung up and hung from trees, it’s not racism. All the while ignoring the new form of cyber and political racism.
So where do we draw the line, and call a spade a spade? Yes the killings took place in a church, but make no mistake that this was a hate crime on steroids?
What do you think? Do you think this was a hate crime, or a crime against Christianity?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.