About Charleston, Forgiveness and Black Pain
Three days ago, a monster walked into bible study at Emanuel AME Church, the oldest Black church in the south. He sat with them for an hour before pulling his gun out and killing 9 of them. Their names need to be spoken.
Susie Jackson (87). Reverent Clementa Pinkney (41). Cynthia Hurd (54). DePayne Middleton Doctor (49). Tywanza Sanders (26). Myra Thompson (59). Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45). Daniel L. Simmons Sr. (74). Ethel Lee Lance (70).
These people were worshipping when their lives ended at the hands of a villain. The white boy did it because he wanted to start a race war. He did it because he is a product of white supremacy and a system that is committed to the denigration of Black and brown people. He did it because to be Black in America is to be a target.
Hell, it’s hard to be Black anywhere, and there are people who say “there’s only one race: the human race.” Well to them, I say “there’s only one seat: the one you should have.” If we were once race, then Black and Brown people EVERYWHERE would not have to continuously fight to LIVE. From the United States to the Dominican Republic to South Africa. If we were one race, people wouldn’t be so scared of Black power that they gun us down in our place of worship.
I have been heartbroken since the Charleston shooting, raging out on social media and finding myself unable to write 500 coherent words about it. I’ve just wanted to cuss to the high heavens because this is utterly deplorable. I have been stewing in anger, and I feel it in my bones. A long-time reader of THIS blog lost two of her family members in that shooting. I AM ANGRY FOR HER. And for all of us.
Meanwhile, as per usual people are already fixing their mouths to call for peace, invoking the name of Christ. Man, please. Remember that even Jesus flipped a table. Christ was DONE with folks’ shenanigans.
They captured the terrorist the day after the attack, but I did not feel better. Yesterday at his arraignment, the judge who presided over it even told us to think about the thug’s family members because they will need help too. NO SIR. Shut your ass up! And then the family members of the victims got up and spoke about forgiving the person who took their loved ones.
And here I am. Further angry that they even had to do that. So I ranted on Twitter. Here it is.
By the way, if you’d like to help right now, donate money to Emanuel AME Church. Go to their website and the link is on their homepage.