Thursday, July 2, 2015

Confedeerate Flag is Down from SC Capital - Obama Eulogizes Senator Clementa Pinckney - Black Pastor and Eight Church Member Massacre at Prayer Meeting - Confederate Flag Rally vs. Black Justice - Emanuel AME Victims List - Arkansas Flag and Banner Scandal

President Obama Delivers Eulogy At Funeral For Senator Pinckney

Obama eulogizes pastor in Charleston shooting. Obama sings Amazing Grace at funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa Pinckney. Washington (CNN) Preside... [FULL SPEECH]

Obama sings Amazing Grace in Clementa Pinckney.

Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney

COLUMBIA, S.C., July 10 (Reuters) - The Confederate battle flag, a symbol of both racism and southern pride, was removed on Friday from the South Carolina state Capitol grounds after the Civil War banner fell from favor since the slaying of nine black churchgoers in June.
The rebel flag, raised on state grounds more than 50 years ago at the height of the U.S. civil rights movement, was taken down just after 10 a.m. ET.
It will be moved to the "relic room" of a military museum in the state capital of Columbia to reside with other artifacts carried by southern Confederate soldiers 150 years ago.

Descendant of Jefferson Davis Make Emotional Plea to Remove Confederate Flag

Little Rock store sells out of Confederate flag items - KTHV

Kerry McCoy is owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner maintains that the flag is part of her heritage yet she also president of a black heritage foundation Dreamland Ballroom

THV11 of Little Rock aired and story that was totally not news nor news worthy.  Arkansas Flag and Banner -  Sales of Confederate Rebel Flag increase 1600% Following Charleston Church Shooting. Kerry McCoy is owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner maintains that the flag is part of her heritage yet she also president of a black heritage foundation Dreamland Ballroom 
which is housed in same building as her store selling confederate merchandise. What a conflict of interest. Dale Charles President of NAACP held a news conference protesting the confederate merchandise being sold.  Kerry McCoy, is  Founder of Dreamland Ballroom and have received tens of thousand of dollars for the preservation of The Black Cultural  Taborian Hall Dreamland Ballroom. Are the funds for the Dreamland Ballroom going to promote her racist confederate cultural center?  Is she running a scam on the black community? It appears that the only thing being preserve by the Dreamland money is the Confederate Cultural Center.
Dreamland Ballroom was a proud host to musical greats such as:
♦ Ray Charles♦ Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra♦ B. B. King, The Blues Boy♦ Lloyd Armon and Swingsters♦ Duke Ellington♦ Jimmy Witherspoon♦ Blind Al Hibbler♦ Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie♦ Etta “Wallflower” James
♦ "Tear Drop Girl" Ruth Brown♦ Nat “King” Cole and His Trio
♦ Louis Jordan.

NAACP asks local flag store to stop selling Confederate ...

Little Rock NAACP President Dale Charles

The banned old flag

Controversy swirls in Little Rock over Confederate flag.

click to enlargeTIME TO GO: Confederate flags should be relegated to museums, said the NAACP's Dale Charles.
  • TIME TO GO: Confederate flags should be relegated to museums, said the NAACP's Dale Charles.
A flag is, of course, just a piece of cloth. We are the ones who turn it into something more than cotton or polyester. Since the June 18 massacre at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina, however, America has been doing some soul searching over the Confederate flag, the most enduring symbol of the Confederacy.
Soon after the arrest of the alleged killer, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, a website was found featuring a racist manifesto and multiple photos of Roof posing with his pistol and the Confederate battle flag. Within the week, Alabama and other Southern states had furled the Confederate flags that flew over their Capitol grounds, and giant retailers like Walmart, Amazon and eBay said they would no longer sell items bearing the well-known image. In Arkansas, there is a growing call to remove the fourth and highest star in the center of the Arkansas state flag, which represents our membership in the Confederacy.
In Central Arkansas, for now, a good bit of the controversy over the Confederate flag seems to have settled on the doorstep of Little Rock's Arkansas Flag and Banner. The business is located at 800 W. Ninth St. in Taborian Hall, whose storied Dreamland Ballroom once hosted some of America's greatest African-American entertainers before urban renewal efforts and the construction of Interstate 630 destroyed most of the city's black business district along Ninth. The Arkansas chapter of the NAACP held a protest there over the weekend, demanding that Arkansas Flag and Banner stop selling the flag.
Dale Charles, the president of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP, said the Confederate battle flag symbolized the fight to preserve slavery and should be consigned to the museums. "If you know [slavery was] wrong," Charles said, "why would you want to continue to keep that as the symbol of your history? You should be ashamed of it and try to get rid of it."read more

Confederate flag-waving protesters greet Obama in Oklahoma City (VIDEO)


President Obama was greeted by people waving Confederate flags as he arrived at his hotel in Oklahoma City Wednesday night.
In a crowd of several dozen people, about 10 of them waved Confederate flags as the president's motorcade arrived at his hotel. One person also waved a U.S. flag.
There were also some fans of the president standing in the crowd, including one person holding a sign expressing love for Obama.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether the president saw the Confederate flag.
The incident comes one week after the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia when Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation to remove the controversial banner. The campaign for the flag's removal stemmed from the apparent racially motivated slaying of nine African-Americans inside a historic Charleston church.
The president is on a two-day trip to Oklahoma where today he will visit the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. This will be the first time a sitting president goes inside a federal prison and is part of Obama's push to overhaul the criminal justice system.
The president Wednesday spoke in Durant, Oklahoma, where he talked about expanding broadband access to low-income communities.

KKK, Black Justice group clash in SC capitol -.

KKK Rally Meet opposition from Blacks fr Justice

Black Educators for Justice, based in Jacksonville, Florida, held its rally Saturday on the north side of the Statehouse, where the Confederate flag was removed earlier this month. Later, the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a rally on the opposite side of the building to protest the flag's removal. The S.C. Department of Public Safety estimated the crowd at approximately 2,000. Spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli said five people were arrested and 23 people needed medical attention. A statement from Richland County Emergency Service said many of the 23 were treated for heat, but no specific number was given.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan have announced plans to rally next month in South Carolina in support of the Confederate flag.
State officials confirmed to The Washington Post that the Loyal White Knights chapter of the KKK got permission to meet at the statehouse in Columbia on July 18. The group's website says it is the largest Klan in America.

Robert Jones, a "grand dragon" for the chapter, told Charleston-area newspaper The Post and Courier that Roof is a "young warrior."
"If you're white and proud, join the crowd," the message says of the planned rally. "Save our land, join the Klan."

White Suspect... Sat In Prayer Meeting For Nearly An Hour Before Opening Fire... Federal Hate Crime Investigation... Horror At Historic Black Church... 'Killed Because They Were Black'...


Pinckney lies in state as Confederate flag flies...

COLUMBIA, S.C., June 24 (UPI) -- The coffin of Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator and pastor of a church where he and eight others were shot, arrived Wednesday at the state house where a much-debated Confederate flag still flies.A horse-drawn caisson brought Pinckney's body to the South Carolina State House, where he was scheduled to lie in state for four hours. When the coffin arrived, the Confederate flag was flying as part of a Civil War memorial on the state house grounds.
That particular Confederate flag -- and indeed the Confederate emblem in general -- has faced much backlash in the wake of the racially motivated shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, which left nine people dead. Images spread of the alleged shooter posing next to Confederate flags, which are often associated with white supremacist groups. Some argued flying the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House while Pinckney lies in state is offensive.

Charleston Shooting Victims Identified - ABC News

Charleston Shooting Victims Identified

Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Pinckney, 41, was a father to two children, Eliana and Malana, according to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church website. He received his first appointment as a pastor at age 18. He was first elected to the state's House of Representatives in 1996 at age 23, and in 2000 he was elected to the state Senate.
PHOTO: Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney is seen speaking at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. in an image made from a video posted to YouTube on Feb. 20, 2015.
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PHOTO: Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney is seen speaking at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. in an image made from a video posted to YouTube on Feb. 20, 2015.
"Senator Clementa C. Pinckney was a leader in the Senate of South Carolina, a strong advocate for his constituents, a great pastor and community leader, but most importantly, a cherished and loved husband, father and son," South Carolina Sen. Hugh Leatherman said in a statement today.
Rev. Sharonda Singleton
The Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45, one of the handful of ministerial staff of Emanuel AME Church, was killed Wednesday night.
She was reportedly a speech therapist and girls’ track and field coach at Goose Creek High School.
“As a teacher and a coach, she was very professional in everything she did,” former Goose Creek athletic director Chuck Reedy told The Post and Courier. “She was an excellent role model for all of our students, in the way she carried herself. She was just first class.”
Her son Chris Singleton participated in vigils Thursday, reflecting on his mother's life.
“My Mom was a God-fearing woman, and she loved everybody with all her heart, and to the other families, I’m sorry about what happened,” Singleton said. “Obviously you guys are as devastated as we are, but I know for a fact that things will get better as time goes on.”
Chris Singleton, who plays baseball at Charleston Southern University, said he was thinking about his mother’s smile.
“I just say, ‘Love is always stronger than hate,’ so if we would just love the way my mom would, then hate won't be anywhere close to what love is,” he said.
Myra Thompson
Another woman, named Myra Thompson, 59, was killed at the church, where a bible study group was meeting Wednesday night.
Tywanza Sanders
Tywanza Sanders, 26, a 2014 graduate of Allen University's division of business administration in Columbia, South Carolina, also died.
PHOTO: Officials from Allen University confirmed that Tywanza Sanders, pictured here in a Facebook profile photo, was among those killed in the AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Tywanza Sanders/Facebook
PHOTO: Officials from Allen University confirmed that Tywanza Sanders, pictured here in a Facebook profile photo, was among those killed in the AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
"He was a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education," according to a statement from Allen University, a historically Black college located in Columbia, South Carolina.
"He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting."
Ethel Lee Lance
Ethel Lee Lance, 70, a sexton at the church, was also killed in the shooting.
"Granny was the heart of the family," her grandson Jon Quil Lance told The Post and Courier outside Medical University Hospital.
She had worked at the church for more than 30 years, he told the newspaper.
“She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that," he said.
Cynthia Hurd
Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a 31-year employee of the Charleston County Public Library, according to its Facebook page. The St. Andrews Regional Manager "dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others," the library stated. To honor Hurd and the others killed, the Charleston County Public Library's 16 locations are closed today.
PHOTO: The Charleston County Public Library confirmed that Cynthia Hurd, a long time employee, was one of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Charleston County Public Library
PHOTO: The Charleston County Public Library confirmed that Cynthia Hurd, a long time employee, was one of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr.
The Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., 74, a retired pastor from another church in Charleston, died in the shooting.
PHOTO: Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. was confirmed by the Charleston County Coroner as a victim of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Obtained by ABC News
PHOTO: Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. was confirmed by the Charleston County Coroner as a victim of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Simmons attended Emanuel AME Church every Sunday for services and Wednesdays for bible study, his daughter-in-law, Arcelia Simmons of Newport News, Virginia, said.
Simmons was the only victim who did not die at the church but in the hospital's operating room.
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, also died in the shooting.
PHOTO: Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, a victim in the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015 is seen in her Facebook profile photo.
DePayne Middleton/Facebook
PHOTO: Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, a victim in the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015 is seen in her Facebook profile photo.
Susie Jackson
Susie Jackson, 87, was the oldest victim of the church shooting.
PHOTO: The Charleston County Coroner identified Susie Jackson, 87, as the oldest victim of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.
Courtesy Tim Jackson
PHOTO: The Charleston County Coroner identified Susie Jackson, 87, as the oldest victim of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, 2015.

Charleston Prayer Meeting Massacre Reprint from Solon The historic African-American Emanuel AME Methodist Church was assaulted by at least one white gunman on Wednesday evening in Charleston, South Carolina. At least nine people have been confirmed dead. The story is still developing. At present, Charleston authorities are reporting that this mass shooting and likely right-wing domestic terrorist assault is a hate crime. While this horrific event is one more murderous and racist blow to the African-American community in Charleston–the killing of Walter Scott by a white thug cop being the most high-profile and recent offense–the reporting on the mass shooting at Emanuel Baptist is an additional affront via the White Racial Frame as practiced by the mainstream news media.
(Facebook) A photo of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof wears Rhodesian and South African Apartheid flag patches. Both of these flags represent defunct African governments whose regimes were controlled by white minorities. Both countries had racial segregation policies, and as a result they are admired by many American white supremacists.
As shown on MSNBC Wednesday night, a local Charleston reporter asked a group of African-American activists, community leaders what the black community could do to prevent events like the mass shooting at Emanuel Baptist. This bizarre moment continued with the reporter seemingly rejecting the obvious–that racism is an obvious element in the white-on-black murders committed at Emanuel Baptist–and doubling down by suggesting that the black community gives comfort to “snitches,” thus wondering if black folks will in fact turn in a white domestic terrorist who had killed at least nine people. The headline on the breaking news report about the Charleston shooting was an additional example of how the White Racial Frame dominates news coverage. MSNBC’s screen read “Police searching for 21-year-old suspect.” He was not described as “white”: the American news media is much more likely to racially mark black and brown suspects in crimes, and to include their racial description (or religious/ethnic as in the ubiquitous ”Arab” or “Muslim” “terrorist.”
To watch such a series of questions being asked to a community that only several hours ago suffered a viciously violent terrorist attack is wholly unbelievable. Yet somehow black Americans are so disrespected, derided and associated with criminality that they are responsible for their own murders by a white domestic terrorist. White right-wing domestic terrorism is one of the greatest threats to public safety and security in post 9/11 United States of America. Such a plain-spoken fact is verboten in mainstream American public discourse. As such, there are several phrases and words that are likely to not be used by the corporate news media in the discussions of the Charleston mass murders at the Emanuel Baptist Church. They include: 1. What is radicalizing white men to commit such acts of domestic terrorism and mass shootings? Are Fox News and the right-wing media encouraging violence? 2. Is something wrong with the white family? Why are their sons and men so violent? 3. What should law enforcement and white politicians do about white crime? 4. Is the Charleston mass shooting just one more sign that America needs sensible and reasonable gun control policies?
5. Where are the white fathers in the white home? 6. When will white leadership step up and stop white right-wing domestic terrorism? 7. Is White American culture pathological? Why is White America so violent? 8. Are there appropriate role models for white men and boys? Could better role models and mentoring help to prevent white men and boys from committing mass shootings and being seduced by right-wing domestic terrorism? Once and again, white privilege is the power to be the ultimate individual where one’s actions and behavior rarely if ever reflects on the collective character of white people en masse. By comparison, Black and brown Americans, Muslims, Arabs and the Other more generally are routinely subjected to group punishment and demonization. White Americans will not have to look in the mirror and ask, “what does it feel like to be a problem.” In the aftermath of recurring mass shooting events, and right-wing domestic terrorism, it is essential that they start to practice such acts of introspection in the interest of the Common Good.
  1. Terrorist Dylan Storm Roof Arrested
    COLUMBIA - Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the killing of 9 people in an historic black church in downtown Charleston, was taken into custody Thursday in Shelby, N.C., partner station WLTX reported, citing an unidentified law enforcement source.

Why we must call Dylann Roof a terrorist

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      Kurtis Cook, Texas Volunteer Firefighter, Fired After Writing That Dylann Roof 'Needs To Be Praised'

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      Kurtis Cook is voicing the views of Albert Pike and so many Scottish Rite Freemasons.

      The crime that took place at the Emanuel AME was an assassination of Senator Pinckney and his church members were collateral damage. Dylann Roof was a hired assassin. The assassination was a masonic hit. The Mother Supreme Council of the World of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry," was founded in Charleston South Carolina. Cook racist views are the same as the KKK. The KKK was founded by Albert Pike who was head of the Scottish Rite Freemason in Charleston. Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr., as well as the other possible judges will be high degree Scottish Rite Masons. A Mason can not pass judgement on another Freemason nor his son. Dylann Roof father Franklin Roof who brought Dylann the gun used to assassinate Senator Pinckney is a Scottish Rite mason. Real justice can not be obtain in South Carolina for the assassination of Sen. Pinckney and the murder of the other eight members of Emanuel AME church. Masonry runs deep South Carolina in both the black and white community.

      Sam J Templin Top Commenter • 3D Artist - Generalist at Free Lancer
      Well, it's better that these guys speak up and get removed instead of keeping quite and not knowing they exist. Volunteer firefighter is a rather trivial position, other offices of Government and authority on the other hand...

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    S.C. Masonic judge urges support for Dylann Roof’s family ...

    A South Carolina judge opened the Friday hearing for racist mass murderer Dylann Roof with a tone-deaf statement urging the community to rally around the killer’s family. “We have victims — nine of them. But we also have victims on the other side,” Charleston County Magistrate James “Skip” Gosnell, Jr. announced in the courtroom packed with the victims’ anguished relatives.
    A 33rd degree Mason, he was one of the founding fathers, and head of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, being the Grand Commander of North American Freemasonry from 1859 and retained that position until his death in 1891. In 1869, he was a top leader in the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  
    Pike was said to be a Satanist, who indulged in the occult, and he apparently possessed a bracelet which he used to summon Lucifer, with whom he had constant communication. He was the Grand Master of a Luciferian group known as the Order of the Palladium (or Sovereign Council of Wisdom), which had been founded in Paris in 1737. Palladism had been brought to Greece from Egypt by Pythagoras in the fifth century, and it was this cult of Satan that was introduced to the inner circle of the Masonic lodges. It was aligned with the Palladium of the Templars. In 1801, Issac Long, a Jew, brought a statue of Baphomet (Satan) to Charleston, South Carolina, where he helped to establish the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Long apparently chose Charleston because it was geographically located on the 33rd parallel of latitude (incidentally, so is Baghdad), and this council is considered to be the Mother Supreme Council of all Masonic Lodges of the World.

    Why Albert Pike's Statue Must Fall - The Scottish...

    In the heart of Washington, D.C., there is a large statue and monument honoring the most important founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Inscribed on the base of the statue are the words, ``poet''--the terrorist anthem of the KKK was his most famous literary work--and ``jurist''--he was called the KKK's chief judiciary officer, and reputedly wrote the organization manual for the terrorist anti-black movement after the U.S. Civil War. The immense, bearded figure of Confederate General Albert Pike is looming over a public square in the nation's capital. Why has it never been pulled down in that predominantly black city? The statue is a tribute to the influence of Pike's organization. It has power in the Executive Branch, and the Congress, and it is decisive in the courts. It has great power in al branches of law enforcement and the military. Do I mean that the Ku Klux Klan has such sway over the government? No, I'm speaking here of the ``Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction,'' of which Pike was the chief, or ``Sovereign Grand Commander.'' The Ku Klux Klan, the Southern Confederacy, and the pre-Civil War secession movement were a single, continuous project, with Pike's ``Scottish Rite'' at its center. Though the Confederacy was defeated, this project lives on today, and now dominates U.S. political life.
    1. A Statue of Confederate General Offends Many in...
      A Statue of Confederate General Offends Many in D.C. Albert Pike is the only Confederate general with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C. It has been the target of ...

    Black Churches In Four States Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week

    Another Southern Black Church Burns

    Mount Zion AME had previously been burned down by the KKK in 1995, according to the Post and Courier, who was first to report the blaze on Tuesday night. Two former members of the KKK admitted to starting the fire in 1995. Last week, the Los Angeles Times featured the church in a story chronicling years of black churches being targeted. The church gained further notoriety when former President Bill Clinton attended a dedication of the new church in 1996.
    There has been a rash of fires at predominantly black churches in the weeks following the June 17 massacre in Charleston. In the past two weeks, six of those fires occurred in Southern states, USA Today noted. Of these, three are confirmed as arson. Federal officials are looking into whether some of the cases may be hate crimes.

     Charleston Church Massacre Happened In Gun-Free Zone.
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      Jun 18, 2015 • An NRA official blames the massacre at a South Carolina church on the slain pastor’s anti-gun position. Charles Cotton, a board member with the gun .

Crazed Racist Dylann Storm Roof Was Given Gun as...
Crazed racist shooter Dylann Storm Roof was given a gun this year from his father for his birthday in April. ... FOX Nation; The Blaze; Rush Limbaugh; Laura Ingraham

  1. The racist flags on Dylann Roof's jacket,...
    Jun 17, 2015 • The racist flags on Dylann Roof's jacket, explained. ... shows him wearing a jacket with the flags of two avowedly racist nations. .

Dylann Storm Roof Identified As Charleston Shooting Suspect:

The man suspected of opening fire in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, killing nine people, has been identified as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, an FBI spokeswoman told The Post and Courier. Denise Taiste, the FBI spokeswoman, confirmed Roof's identity to the paper Thursday morning and described him as a resident of the Columbia area. He remains at large.
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style="font-size: large;">License plate reads The Confederate States of America
Did Dylann Roof Wanted to Start a Race War or Civil War 2? Why did Roof drive 250 miles to attend the oldest black church in America, that happen to be located where the Civil War started? The Civil War was started in Charleston South Carolina by Racist men who wanted A Confederate State of America. Looking at Roof's pics I can say that his passion and desire was to start a race war. Its hard to imagine that a 21 year kid from Colorado could come up with this plan on his own. This shooting was not random and it appears to be a conspiracy involving others.

The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol of a Failed Rebellion. It's Not a Debate.


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The Confederacy was the most vile and harmful political invention in United States history. It was founded on the explicit principle that slavery is the "natural and normal condition" of black people, and that they should be ruthlessly exploited to the benefit of their white masters. More Americans died in the bloodletting that followed than in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.


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Image: South Carolina Senators Mourn Death Of Sen. Pinckney In Church Shooting

Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now

Last night, Dylann Roof walked into a Charleston church, sat for an hour, and then killed nine people. Roof’s crime cannot be divorced from the ideology of white supremacy which long animated his state nor from its potent symbol—the Confederate flag. Visitors to Charleston have long been treated to South Carolina’s attempt to clean its history and depict its secession as something other than a war to guarantee the enslavement of the majority of its residents. This notion is belied by any serious interrogation of the Civil War and the primary documents of its instigators. Yet the Confederate battle flag—the flag of Dylann Roof—still flies on the Capitol grounds in Columbia.The Confederate flag’s defenders often claim it represents “heritage not hate.” I agree—the heritage of White Supremacy was not so much birthed by hate as by the impulse toward plunder. Dylann Roof plundered nine different bodies last night, plundered nine different families of an original member, plundered nine different communities of a singular member. An entire people are poorer for his action. The flag that Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, does not stand in opposition to this act—it endorses it. That the Confederate flag is the symbol of of white supremacists is evidenced by the very words of those who birthed it:
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth...
This moral truth—“that the negro is not equal to the white man”—is exactly what animated Dylann Roof. More than any individual actor, in recent history, Roof honored his flag in exactly the manner it always demanded—with human sacrifice.
Surely the flag’s defenders will proffer other, muddier, interpretations which allow them the luxury of looking away. In this way they honor their ancestors. Cowardice, too, is heritage. When white supremacist John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, Booth’s fellow travelers did all they could to disassociate themselves. “Our disgust for the dastardly wretch can scarcely be uttered,” fumed a former governor of South Carolina, the state where secession began. Robert E. Lee’s armies took special care to enslave free blacks during their Northern campaign. But Lee claimed the assassination of the Great Emancipator was “deplorable.” Jefferson Davis believed that “it could not be regarded otherwise than as a great misfortune to the South,” and angrily denied rumors that he had greeted the news with exultation.Villain though he was, Booth was a man who understood the logical conclusion of Confederate rhetoric:
"TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN": Right or wrong. God judge me, not man. For be my motive good or bad, of one thing I am sure, the lasting condemnation of the North. I love peace more than life. Have loved the Union beyond expression. For four years have I waited, hoped and prayed for the dark clouds to break, and for a restoration of our former sunshine. To wait longer would be a crime. All hope for peace is dead. My prayers have proved as idle as my hopes. God's will be done. I go to see and share the bitter end…. I have ever held the South were right. The very nomination of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, four years ago, spoke plainly, war—war upon Southern rights and institutions…. This country was formed for the white, not for the black man. And looking upon African Slavery from the same stand-point held by the noble framers of our constitution. I for one, have ever considered if one of the greatest blessings (both for themselves and us,) that God has ever bestowed upon a favored nation. Witness heretofore our wealth and power; witness their elevation and enlightenment above their race elsewhere. I have lived among it most of my life, and have seen less harsh treatment from master to man than I have beheld in the North from father to son. Yet, Heaven knows, no one would be willing to do more for the negro race than I, could I but see a way to still better their condition.
By 1865, the Civil War had morphed into a war against slavery—the “cornerstone” of Confederate society. Booth absorbed his lesson too well. He did not violate some implicit rule of Confederate chivalry or politesse. He accurately interpreted the cause of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, men who were too weak to truthfully address that cause’s natural end. Moral cowardice requires choice and action. It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favor the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real. Here is another choice. Take down the flag. Take it down now. Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now.

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Gov. Haley orders flags at half- staff for 9 days...

In solemn tribute to the nine people gunned down at a Charleston church, two flags atop the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, were lowered to half-staff on Thursday. They will stay there for nine days in honor of each victim. But in a bewildering display, a Confederate flag on statehouse grounds is still flying high. It wasn't an oversight. It's because of state law, according to reports. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has jurisdiction over how and when state flags fly — but the Confederate flag is under the authority of the state's General Assembly. It can't be changed in any way without a sign-off from the General Assembly, The Washington Post reported. A state press secretary confirmed that detail to the online magazine Slate. "In South Carolina, the governor does not have legal authority to alter the flag," the press secretary said. "Only the General Assembly can do that."

Image: South Carolina Senators Mourn Death Of Sen. Pinckney In Church Shooting
The South Carolina and American flags fly at half mast as the Confederate flag unfurls below at the Confederate Monument June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Sean Rayford / Getty Images
The flag — as well as other historically named icons and places — is legally protected under the 2000 South Carolina Heritage Act. The rebel banner continues to draw criticism from South Carolinians who say it keeps the symbol of slavery and the Civil War alive. A reporter with NBC affiliate WIS-TV, however, tweeted that the flag is not on a pulley system. In other words, it isn't possible to fly it at half-staff — it would need to be taken down entirely. Haley while she was campaigning for governor last year said she there was no need to take down the Confederate flag. She addressed the controversy Friday on CBS This Morning, saying that she hopes a conversation can be started again with "thoughtful words to be exchanged." "I think the state will start talking about that again, and we'll see where it goes," Haley said. RELATED: Supreme Court Puts Stop to Group's Confederate License Plates A recent NBC News online survey conducted by SurveyMonkey found that Americans are divided over what the Confederate flag represents. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed see the stars and banners as a symbol of racism, while an equal number agreed that it is a symbol of Southern pride. The remaining 2 percent did not have a response. The differences are more glaring across racial and political lines. Eighty-one percent of blacks Americans surveyed see the flag as a symbol of racism, compared to 41 percent of whites. The majority of Republicans surveyed — 74 percent — consider the flag a symbol of Southern pride, while the majority of Democrats surveyed — 72 percent— believe the flag is indicative of racism. Law enforcement described Roof as 5 foot 9, with a slender build and sandy blond hair shaped into a bowl cut. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and Timberland boots and was driving a black sedan. Roof’s uncle, 56-year-old Carson Cowles, told Reuters he recognized his nephew in the surveillance photos released by police. “The more I look at him, the more I'm convinced, that's him,” Cowles said. He added that law enforcement officers visited the home of Roof’s mother on Thursday morning. Roof is suspected of opening fire in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Bible study meeting at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Eight people were killed at the scene, while a ninth person later died in the hospital. Witnesses said the gunman spent about an hour inside the church with victims before the shooting. Police have not released the identities of those killed, but state House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford told the Associated Press that the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney, was among the victims. Pinckney, 41, was a state senator and a married father of two. The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. “The only reason someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said at a Thursday news conference. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine.”

Charleston Church Shooting Photos Show Aftermath Of Deadly Crime

Photos taken after Wednesday night's deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, show the heartbreak and devastation of community members. Authorities are searching for the gunman, who killed nine people and injured three. The FBI told the Post and Courier that the suspect in the shooting is 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof. See photos of grieving residents and pictures of the manhunt in the slideshow and get the latest updates from our liveblog, below.
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    A man kneels across the street from where police gather outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church following the shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.
    Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of the shooting. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church, killing multiple people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.
    A distraught man is comforted as a group of concerned people arrive inquiring about the shooting.
  • Matthew Fortner / The Post And Courier / AP
    Charleston police officers search for a shooting suspect outside the Emanuel AME Church.
    Lisa Doctor joins a prayer circle early Thursday, June 18, 2015, down the street from Emanuel following the shooting.
    Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the scene of the attack.
    Worshippers gather to pray down the street from the Emanuel church.
    Police close off a section of Calhoun Street near the church.
    Charleston Emergency Management Director Mark Wilbert on Thursday holds a flier that was distributed to media with surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting. (Photo: David Goldman)
    Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, South Carolina, holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday. (Photo: David Goldman)
    Worshippers gather to pray in a hotel parking lot across the street from the church. (Photo: David Goldman)
    A police officer uses a flashlight while searching the area. (Photo: David Goldman)

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Carson Cowles, Roof's uncle, told Reuters he recognized his nephew in the photograph released by police, and that Roof had received a gun from his father as a 21st birthday gift in April.More on the shooting here.
The following is from a press release sent by Everytown For Gun Safety: EVERYTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA MOMS RESPOND TO MASS SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON THAT KILLED NINE Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis and Everytown Faith Outreach Leader, Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence Previous Everytown Research on Mass Shootings: COLUMBIA, S.C. – Everytown for Gun Safety and the South Carolina chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, are responding today to a Wednesday night mass shooting during a prayer meeting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that killed nine worshippers and injured an unconfirmed number of others. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was among those killed. The alleged gunman has not yet been identified or apprehended, but he has been described as a white male in his early twenties. STATEMENT FROM LUCY MCBATH, MOTHER OF SLAIN FLORIDA TEEN JORDAN DAVIS AND EVERYTOWN FAITH OUTREACH LEADER “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Charleston and AME communities today. Last night’s events bring me to tears, but I know all too well that we also need far more than thoughts and prayers to ensure no other community is forced to endure this unthinkable tragedy. America is faced with a unique national crisis in which we cannot even go to church—a sacred place where we should feel safe to worship—without the threat of gun violence. Unbelievably easy access to guns in our country emboldens dangerous and ill-intentioned individuals to carry out unthinkable crimes. This crisis calls for solutions that will reduce our nation’s alarming rate of gun violence that kills 88 Americans every single day. Our work to prevent gun violence can both respect the Second Amendment and honor the Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill.” STATEMENT FROM SYLVIE DESSAU, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION “Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were senselessly killed Wednesday night as they attended a prayer meeting. While the details are still unfolding, nine innocent lives were taken and others were injured as a result of last night’s horrific mass shooting. South Carolina needs to focus on keeping guns out of dangerous hands, which would help prevent future tragedies. It’s time we stand up for the safety of South Carolinians and work to reduce gun violence that continues to claim too many lives across the state.”