Yesterday there was a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Nine people were murdered for the color of their skin, by a young, white man. I am saddened that I live in a society where these acts if terror can happen, and people are hesitant to call it terrorism or a hate crime. It’s downright ignorant, and can serve only to perpetuate the terror.
They have found the suspect, and posted him all over the internet. What is more difficult to find is the names of the victims. These people deserve dignity and respect, and their passing should not be held lightly.
My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy:
Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Ethel Lee Lance
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Rev. Daniel L. Simmons
May they rest in peace.