Charleston

Haters In Mourning


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A federal jury in South Carolina only needed two hours to convict Dylann Roof for murdering nine black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last year. Dylann pulled the trigger 77 times.

Roof, who is only 22-years-old, is a self-radicalized white supremacist. The same jury that found him guilty on 33 charges will also be the one that decides if he will be sentenced to death or face life in prison without parole.

Racists and anyone who patronizes and tolerates their hatred created the atmosphere for Dylann Roof to kill. You don’t hear conservative politicians campaign and scream for more laws to prevent terrorism by radicalized Christians, like Roof and Robert Lewis Dear.

Dear killed three people and injured nine more when he attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last year. The abortion clinic attack was encouraged by fake videos accusing Planned Parenthood of selling body parts from aborted babies. Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina spurred on the accusations against PP before and after the attack, even after the videos were debunked. What’s a few deaths compared to what plays well politically in Peoria, or on Breitbart and Infowars?

South Carolina was so distraught over the murders in Charleston that they finally took down the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state capitol building. Why does it take spilled blood before you realize something is a bad idea? They acted swiftly on the flag issue (after decades of complaints) and ignored the one on guns.

The people who fly the flag and encourage the likes of Dylann Roof and Robert Dear are the types who voted for Donald Trump, our next president. They’re the same types who are spraying Swastikas on black churches and intimidating gays and minorities. They feel empowered. We need more people to speak out against them instead of a president and the controlling political party silence. They would rather scream about radicalized Muslims while ignoring the fact that more people in this country have been killed, and will be killed, by white Christians than brown Muslims.

Dylann Roof deserves to die. Someday he will but I hope it’s not by the hands of the government. Death is not a punishment for a crime like this. It does not discourage lunatics from committing terrible acts. I believe a government by the people should be better than those who murder. Dylann Roof deserves to rot in a tiny cell for the rest of his life and think about what he did. Maybe at some point in his remaining days he’ll understand what a horrible person he is and that he let hatred not just destroy his life, but also nine others who were innocent.

Maybe while we’re fighting the voices of hate we can do something about this gun problem and prevent someone in the future from entering a church and shooting parishioners 77 times.

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Ditching The Flag


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The first response that Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, should have had after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church should have been to call for removing the Confederate Battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol. Haley and several GOP candidates for president spent a few days defending the flag or trying to avoid the issue.

On Monday Haley called for the flag to come down. Several Republicans have followed suit and in Mississippi a Republican in the legislature is calling for that state to remove the emblem from their state flag.
As Haley called for bringing the flag down she talked about understanding how many view the flag with pride, as a symbol of heritage and history. Of course she had to say that. That’s South Carolina. They once threw out a Republican governor for calling for the removal of the flag.
Will removing the flag stop racists from being racists? No but will stop governments from aligning themselves with racist movements, thus appearing to endorse them.
With the flag on top of the state capitol and then on the grounds, South Carolina was giving the finger to every black citizen of their state. They say there’s two ways to look at the flag and they were only respecting the one. The one that offended. For decades they ignored that the state house also belonged to the minority population in the state. That’s some serious racism.
A lot of people use the tired defense of the flag that it’s history, heritage, honoring those who fought for the South. I’m going to try to put this in a way those defenders can understand: It doesn’t matter what you think.
Why doesn’t it matter what you think? Because you are using lies and reinterpretations of history to base your argument.
The flag didn’t have anything to do with South Carolina (or Mississippi, or Georgia) during the Civil War. The present one on the grounds of the state capitol was the battle flag for the Army Of Tennessee. The one that was on their dome was the battle flag for the Army Of Northern Virginia.

It was adopted by the Ku Klux Klan when it formed in Tennessee. In 1862 the flag was put on top of the Capitol dome in South Carolina to rebel against the Civil Rights movement and desegregation. Nice.
Here’s another factoid for you: The Civil War was fought by the South to preserve slavery. South Carolina was the first state to attack the north (Southerners love to talk about northern aggression. That’s like saying Poland was aggressive to Nazis). South Carolina was the first to secede and in their statement of secession there is heavy mention that the reasoning was because the north elected a president “hostile” to slavery. The war was about slavery. End of discussion.
That flag is not your heritage unless you had a relative in the Army of Northern Virginia or Army Of Tennessee. Hang it in your yard or fly it from your mobile home. That’s fine. Do what you want on your private property. The only other way the flag is your heritage is if your ancestors were members of the KKK.
The Confederacy had a very short life. For Southerners wanting to be proud of their heritage why do they only cling to four years of it? The Nazis and the Swastika flew over Germany much longer and you don’t see that nation clinging to that as their heritage.
The Confederate flag represents hate, segregation and hate. Unless you’re for those, put the flag away.
The other thing is, why are you proud of being a traitor?
I’d like to congratulate the GOP on joining the 21st century, some what. Where ya’ been?
Here’s the rough.
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Hate Crime In Charleston


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This cartoon is for everyone who says racism doesn’t exist in America anymore. It’s for everyone who would be bashing a religion if the shooter was Muslim, but are silent now. It’s for everyone who is silent now. It’s for everyone who says this was an attack on Christianity and not a hate crime. It’s for everyone else who carries that lie. This cartoon is for everyone who says the Confederate flag is about heritage, not hate, which is another lie.