South Carolina does not have a hate crimes statute, and so the hate crime charges that Roof targeted the victims “because of their race and in order to interfere with their exercise of religion,” are part of the federal indictment, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.
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.
Charleston shooter Dylann Roof has written about being influenced by a white supremacist organization known as the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a group with ties to certain Republican politicians.
“Well at the end of the day, it’s time for people in South Carolina to revisit that decision, would be fine with me,” Graham said — before then embarking upon a defense of the Confederate flag and its supporters.
Jeb Bush has become yet another conservative with a problem discussing racism and the shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
This spring, just 90 miles from the Charleston shooting, a South Carolina Tea Party convention invited a white nationalist leader to speak.
In 2013 Pinckney welcomed a group of visitors to “Mother Emanuel,” and shared with them its legacy as an institution of African-American life and of the civil rights movement.
The upper patch on his jacket is the former flag of Apartheid-era South Africa. The lower patch is the flag of white-supremacist Rhodesia.