A young white man has killed nine black people in a church shooting in Charleston S.C. Several republicans, including some presidential candidates, are saying the church shooting wasn’t a hate crime.
(06-20-2015, updated 07-14-2018) One NRA board member of the historically black church, African-American himself, claims that the pastor who was shot brought it upon himself, because he was against open carry laws. The Charleston morning newspaper with the headline about the church shooting carried an attached ad for a gun store.
I don’t know what to say anymore about any of this. But not saying anything makes it look like I’m oblivious. All I know is that if America was a person, the men in white coats would be coming to take it away. They’d put it in a straight jacket and let it rave in a padded room until it was exhausted enough to accept that it needed some serious therapy.
(This post was first published on the blog Resident Alien: Being Dutch in America, under the title: “Speechless, But Trying: The Church Shooting in Charleston S.C.”, 06-20-2015)
- Holmes, Dave. “Charleston Newspaper Places Gun Ad Above Mass Shooting Headline”. Esquire, June 18, 2015. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a35797/charleston-paper-gun-ad/
- Kaufman, Scott Eric. “NRA board member blames Charleston Pastor Clementa Pinckney for his own death”. Salon, June 19, 2015 11:56AM (UTC). https://www.salon.com/2015/06/19/nra_board_member_blames_charleston_pastor_clementa_pinckney_for_his_own_death/
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