When Dylann Roof pulled a gun at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, his shots rang through history to the roots of the ideology of white supremacy.
At least five people were arrested on Saturday as white-supremacist and African-American groups clashed outside the South Carolina State House, where the Confederate battle flag was removed last week after a half-century, authorities said.
Governor Nikki Haley (R) hopes that South Carolinians will simply ignore “the disruptive, hateful spectacle members of the Ku Klux Klan hope to create.”
On the South Carolina House floor, debate raged long into the night over a series of amendments introduced to thwart and delay passage of a bill to bring the Confederate flag off the State House grounds. An impassioned plea to pass the bill — unchanged — came from an unlikely corner.
Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month’s massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder.
On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.
The president spoke of gun violence, the hunger of children, the brazen hatred that inspired the alleged shooter, yet it seemed fitting that he returned that night to a White House bathed in colors of the rainbow. One could almost see history making a great, wide turn toward freedom.
It may be considered an act of vandalism to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina — but it is actually a special act of vandalism to raise that flag up on a particular memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.
It took an act of mass murder before the South was willing to reckon honestly with the Confederate flag and its meaning. The price of enlightenment seems awfully high.
In a video posted on YouTube, Bree Newsome grabbed the flag and cried out: “You come against me with hatred, and oppression and violence — I come against you in the name of God! This flag comes down today!”
President Obama ended his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in a way best befitting a man of the cloth: by singing “Amazing Grace.”
Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed last week in a shooting at the church. A suspect has been arrested and confessed to the shooting, citing white supremacy as the motivation.
Today, the Charleston massacre has left the Confederate flag standing irrevocably for the most brutal and criminal aspects of Southern heritage – and it is more deeply irreconcilable with American patriotism than ever.
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Larry inserted himself into the Fox News host’s show, in order to give some aerial support to the one liberal guest against Bill’s flip responses. “‘So what’?! Slavery gets a ‘So what’?!”
It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.
What’s needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.
We can look forward to weeks of apologists trying to explain why we should ever see the Confederate flag flying anywhere near government property.
Former Senator Jim Webb, who is exploring a candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made his chances sink even lower — by trying to mount some kind of measured defense of the Confederate flag.