There is no sanctuary. There is no safety. There is no mercy. We were once again reminded when nine members of the Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C. had gathered in a place of worship and were slain by a 21-year-old gunman with White supremacist ties who turned it into a gory slaughterhouse.
I think the world has gone mad. We amuse ourselves with b.s. trivialities, pseudo-celebrities and media-manufactured “scandals” until something evil comes creeping out of the dark to rudely remind us nothing is sacred, nowhere is safe, and everyone is a target.
There’s a special place in hell for someone who would commit mass murder in a church.
Police say the suspect, pictured in the surveillance photograph above, sat in on a prayer group at the Emanuel AME Church for at least an hour before initiating the shooting.
At least nine people—six women and three men—were killed in the mayhem. That count reportedly includes State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who also acted as the church’s pastor. According to an NAACP official interviewed by the Post and Courier, the shooter told one female survivor “he was letting her live so she could tell everyone else what happened.”
Pinckney’s cousin tells MSNBC witnesses say the gunman’s message was clear:
“He just said ‘I have to do it.’ He said, ‘You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go’.”
Those chilling words as well as the deed itself made it clear: this was a hate crime and the congregation was deliberately targeted.
President Obama has made far too many remarks following mass shootings after the Gabby Giffords was critically wounded and two more were gunned down in Arizona, the Aurora movie theater massacre and the Sandy Hook school shootings and today he made another one.
At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.
I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.
Wherever there is blood spilled there’s America’s Most Trusted Name in Right-Wing News on the spot to offer yet another Obama-bashing talking point and Bill O’Reilly used his opening monologue to say sympathetic things about the nine slain parishioners, but not without calling the President “misguided” for pointing out the frequency of shooting sprees in America.
O’Reilly is too egotistical to bother with a little thing like getting his facts straight. He’d have to pull his head out of his ass first, but even this swaggering braggart should be able to do the research Slate did and come up with 27 acts of racially-motivated slaughter and domestic terrorism since the Oklahoma City bombing which killed 168 in 1995.
You might think…you would hope…in the midst of a still-developing story where critical facts and vitally important details are still forthcoming, a sober and responsible media would tread carefully and avoid superimposing their own agendas and biases to a tragedy.
Fox News is neither sober nor responsible. There is nothing—literally NOTHING—that is bad which Fox News can’t make WORSE.
On “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, co-host Steve Doocy said it was “extraordinary” that Police Chief Gregory Mullen referred to the massacre of nine black churchgoers by a young white male as a “hate crime.”
The segment began with Bishop E.W. Jackson, the senior pastor at Hope Christian Church, opining that he was concerned that this wasn’t a racially motivated crime, but a religiously motivated one. “There does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians in this country because of our biblical views,” he said.
“I would urge pastors in these churches to prepare to defend themselves,” Bishop Jackson added. “It’s sad, but I think that we have to arm ourselves.”
Pastors packing heat in the pulpit? Anywhere else in the civilized word that would be considered an insane thing to say. On Fox it makes sense. I bet Dylan Root spent a lot of time watching Fox News.
Doesn’t Fox have any decency? No. They really don’t.
So it’s not a race thing, okay, folks? Just another common, garden variety mass shooting spree and nothing to get hyped about by calling it a hate crime. I can’t wait for Fox to explain how it’s all Obama’s fault.
A far more sensitive and thoughtful was provided by came from Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles on Twitter.
Was already weary. Was already heavy-hearted. Was already tired.Where can we be safe? Where can we be free? Where can we be black?
Nowhere. There is no sanctuary. There is no mercy. Not even in God’s House.
The meek will inherit nothing. Only death from a racist’s gun. Our pain is unrelenting. Our prayers are with the grieving in Charleston and for the soul of a deeply sick America as well.