You know I still can’t believe 9 people were murdered in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week during bible study.
Last Wednesday night Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was also a South Carolina State Senator was assassinated and eight of his fellow church members were murdered in cold blood by a twenty one year old terrorist/thug/assassin. Twenty one year old Dylann Roof sat in a bible study class at Mother Emanuel AME Church and one hour later proceeded to gun down 9 of its members.
While I’m at it can folks stop calling Dylann Roof a kid? He is twenty one years old. He is not a kid. He’s grown ass man. He’s not some mentally ill kid. He is a murdering terrorist. Why is it when young white men in particular go on killing sprees they are considered mentally ill? He’s not mentally ill, he’s a damn terrorist. Just like Timothy McVey.
This weekend it came out that Roof had a website containing his manifesto. In his website, lastrhodesian.com, he expresses his hatred towards blacks, Jews, latinos and the American flag. He expresses some admiration for East Asians. He claimed that the event that awakened him was the Trayvon Martin case and felt that black on white crimes weren’t given the same attention as white on black crimes. The site has been taken down but most of it still lives on thanks to Shaun King at The Daily Kos.
One thing about this case is how some Republicans refuse to admit that this murder was based on race. They feel it’s a war on Christianity because the murders happened in a church. Dylann Roof had hatred towards blacks; this had nothing to do with religion. If it was based on hatred towards Christians why didn’t he spend time in a bible study class at a predominantly white church. There are plenty of predominantly white churches in Charleston. According to surviving witnesses during the murder spree he stated his hatred towards blacks. He told the police in North Carolina that he wanted to spark a race war. He also stated that he researched Emanuel AME Church and targeted that church because of its history. If this isn’t race related I don’t know what is.
This entire situation is just making my head spin. During the hearing for Dylann Roof, the judge who presided over the case Charleston County Magistrate James “Skip” Gosnell, Jr. stated that Roof’s family are also victims. This was while the families of the real victims were in the courtroom.
“There are victims on this young man’s side of the family.”
Gosnell was just getting started.
“Nobody would have ever thrown them into the whirlwind of events that they are being thrown into,” he said.
“We must find it in our heart at some point in time not only to help those that are victims but to also help his family as well.”
I call bullshit on this judge. Talk about white privilege. Do you think if Dylann Roof was a black male named Devonte Davis, Judge Gosnell would be stating that the Davis family are also victims? I don’t think so. The entire country would be hearing about how dysfunctional the Davis family is.
Apparently this isn’t the first time this judge has made trifling comments.
“There are four kinds of people in this world: black people, white people, red necks, and n—–s,” he told a black defendant in a Nov. 2003 bond reduction hearing.
Gosnell later offered a sorry defense, saying he was merely repeating a statement he heard from an African American lawman.
Judge Gosnell was reprimanded for using the n word by the South Carolina Supreme Court. Roof’s bail for weapons charges was set at $1,000,000. The judge does not have the authority to set bail for the nine murder charges. In my opinion Roof should be held without bail for the nine murder charges.
Speaking of the families of the victims some family members said that they forgive Dylann Roof. I admire the families for their strong faith and their forgiveness. It’s their right to say this. But if this was my family member murdered by this terrorist I couldn’t forgive. At least not this soon. The victims haven’t even been buried yet. I would state whether I forgive or not after the trial.
One thing I have noticed is the coming together of the people of Charleston. Yesterday blacks and whites were coming together during the first church service since last week’s murder.
Last night in Charleston thousands of people of all races came together to march in unison while crossing the Arthur Ravenel Bridge with many waving the American flag (This bridge is named after a former South Carolina state lawmaker who was a very vocal Confederate flag supporter).
Will this become a turning point when it comes to race relations in South Carolina and the United States? I doubt it. This country still has a long way to go when it comes to the matters of race. We are not in a post racial America yet.