Thursday, June 18, 2015

#Charleston Massacre

I am so tired of waking up in the morning to the awful news that another evil man has committed mass murder in the United States. I am so tired of waking up to hear that another white person has murdered black people or other people of color in the United States. These are the names of the nine African-American people who were murdered last night at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, because they were African-American.
  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, a library branch manager
  • Susie Jackson, 87
  • Ethel Lance, 70
  • The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
  • The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, the church’s pastor and a state senator
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26
  • The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, who died at the hospital after the shooting
  • The Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45
  • Myra Thompson, 59
More on some of the victims:
Sen. Pinckney and Sanders were both alumni of Allen University. The university was founded soon after the American Civil War on the basis of the AME church. 
Sanders was a 2014 graduate of the Division of Business Administration. 
Rev. Sharonda Singleton was a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina. 
Hurd was a 31-year employee of the Charleston County Public Library. 
Thompson was a longtime member of the church and was teaching Bible study when she was killed. Her husband, Rev. Anthony Thompson, is one of the bishop's clergy members. 
Witnesses say the gunman stood up and declared he was there "to shoot black people." Another survivor told Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of Pinckney, that the shooter said, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go."
I'm not interested in knowing about the murderer. We spend too much talking about the perpetrators. Let's talk about the victims - the people we all lost today. Photos and some information about four of the victims of the #CharlestonMassacre.

On the church where they were killed:

Mother Emanuel Church
Charles Blow on the massacre:

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