No Safety. No Sanctuary.

Emanuel AME Church: Peace was stilled with gunfire.

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’.”

Dylan Roof: The wolf stalks the flock.

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.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney: Pastor, Politician, Victim.

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.

How many more times must the President try to console a traumatized nation?

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8 thoughts on “No Safety. No Sanctuary.

  1. Any society where this sort of thing can happen has a soul that is deeply sick. It was the same in Norway, with that Breivik massacre of so many young people. One of their own! Not a foreign terrorist.

    • Domestic acts of terror have always existed in America, Shelagh. Whether it was lynching of uppity Black and Jews or bombing government buildings in Oklahoma City, there is a long, sick and sad history of evil, hatred and violence in this nation’s bloody history.

      And it is NOT getting better.

  2. Our country is in serious trouble. My words pretty much fail me. The Confederate flag still waves over the South Carolina state house.

    Faux News, to me, is one of the most destructive forces in our society. They are terrorists themselves. They promote fear, spread misinformation, and sew hatred.

    We can’t move on in any meaningful way as a society until we address the racism that exists in our country. Why Faux News won’t acknowledge that it does is beyond me.

    Leave it to O’Reilly to make this the president’s fault.

    Heartsick and disgusted.

  3. Don’t blame Fox. All MSM is responsible for the hate and division that is in this country. As long as we are against each other, we will never turn our full attention to the tyrants in DC. Distraction, distraction, distraction. MLK and Malcolm X were only assassinated AFTER the gov realized they were coming together and making head way into racism. Democrats….Republicans…they are basically the same. They are in the same club. A club that none of us will ever be in. Hell, Obama is simply a puppet. He bows before the almighty dollar. He certainly isn’t a savior. How could he be, being raised by Marxists.

    • Respectfully, I disagree. I DO blame Fox because they make racism mainstream. Every day they minimize and trivialize Black pain and suffering. Megyn Kelly said Dajerria Becton who was treated like an animal by an enraged, violent cop was “no angel.” Fox trashed Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin while blowing sloppy kisses to scum like George Zimmerman. They have waged WAR against the Black community in general and President Obama specifically and to ignore this as “distractions” is to avoid both reality and the truth.

      As far as Democrats and Republicans being basically the same, there are many similarities to be sure. However, on issues of police brutality, racial division, the environment, women’s reproductive rights, gay marriage, global warming and pay equity/economic disparity, the Republicans are consistently on the WRONG side of the issue.

      As far as Obama being raised by Marxists, that’s too absurd for me to take seriously enough to comment on. :/

      • I can give you that. Fox is definitely pro-white and pro-cop.
        As far as Obama, you don’t have to believe it. You can look it up for yourself. Frank Marshall Davis (his real father) is Communist/Marxist. Saul Alinsky is the same. Stanley Dunham (grandfather) is also Marxist. Westboro Baptist Church (who he had to denounce proior to 1st election) spread hate speech. None of this is secret. It is all truth. Obama, unfortunately, was raised by anti-Americans. His roots are in Marxism. That’s just the simple truth. You can do your own homework though.

  4. I will say only one thing, it is the same thing I said in my own post written days later. Until White folks own the problem, it won’t begin to be corrected. We have to start unraveling the false history we tell, we have to start telling the truth of this nation, its history, its building. We have to begin to stand up and be accountable and start tearing down the walls of BS. If we don’t do this it will never begin to change.

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