In the aftermath of Thursday’s tragedy in Charleston, the U.S. and South Carolina flags flew at half-mast over the top of the South Carolina State House to honor the black victims of a hate crime. But flying high in front of the building was another symbol: a Confederate flag.
Some argue that the flag is a symbol of slavery and oppression, while others insist that it is purely a matter of Southern heritage and pride.
But too little of the conversation takes into account the flag’s complicated history, according to Matthew Guterl, a professor of Africana and American studies at Brown University who studies race in the aftermath of the Civil War. Given his research, which has touched frequently on the use of the Confederate flag, Guterl says that he finds it impossible to argue that it’s a neutral symbol. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: I posted the following earlier on my blog: I disagree on the flag is not what caused him to do this. I strongly feel it played a major part in him doing it. Did he not have a Confederate license tag? Not saying it is the whole piece but does not the Confederate Flag have something to do with guns? In my ignant opinion I would say he worshipped the flag and drove 100 miles to a state that the flag flies. He had more respect for this damn flag than he did these black folks lives.
On Friday morning, Dylann Roof confessed to the murder of nine African American worshippers at the historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Accounts of the shooting, which took place Wednesday evening, are horrifying, with witnesses saying Roof made it clear that he was motivated by raw, unbridled racism. “I have to do it,” Roof was quoted as saying before he opened fire on the parishioners attending a Bible study. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag. In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words “Confederate States of America.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator’s response: This is awesome! Thank you for reaching out to these families and the church.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred.
In a letter dated Friday, Richardson sent $10,000 to each family of the victims for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a memorial honoring the victims.
“We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the donation, but know our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer. (Source: Read more)
Now that Dylann Roof is in custody and has been charged with nine counts of murder, the question is: how will he plead? The speculation in days following in the massacre is that Roof will plead like fellow mass shooter James Holmes did and claim not guilty by reason of insanity. That scenario seems much less likely now thanks to the efforts of a professional wrestling fan and an ardent Communist who’s down $49 bucks.
Twitter user @HenryKrinkle was searching for Roof’s online footprints but to find websites registered under the name Dylann Roof would cost him $49 dollars, so @HenryKrinkle tweeted to his followers: (Source: Read more)
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The Political Agitator’s response: If I didn’t have church at my church tomorrow I would be in Durham NC in the AM.
For Release: Immediate
Date: June 20, 2015
Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury
Cell: (202) 465.5125
CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two AME Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”
WASHINGTON, DC — Tomorrow, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will visit St. Joseph’s African Methodist Episcopal Church and Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, both in Durham, North Carolina, to express condolences to the “Charleston Nine” and the larger AME community.
Congressman Butterfield will bring remarks to St. Joseph’s AME Church at 8:00 AM and Emmanuel AME Church at 10:00 AM.
Butterfield said, “It is difficult to comprehend that a house of worship, known for joy and tolerance, could become a scene of hate and tragedy. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are with the families of the nine parishioners who lost their lives to cowardly and despicable violence.”
Full details follow.
WHAT: CBC Chair Butterfield to Visit Two African Methodist Episcopal Churches Tomorrow to Express Condolences to “Charleston Nine”
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
St. Joseph’s AME Church
2521 Fayetteville Road
Durham, NC 27707
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Emmanuel AME Church
2018 Riddle Road
Durham, NC 27713
The Political Agitator’s response: Now let’s see how the ignants who say it was not racially motivated twist this.
The manifesto of mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old South Carolina man who attacked Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week and killed nine African-American congregants, has been discovered online by Twitter users Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle.
The manifesto, found on a website titled “Last Rhodesian,” contained both a rambling text file describing Roof’s ideology and motives as well as a .zip file containing photographs of Roof. The contents leave no doubt that the shooting was racially motivated, as it is full of justifications of white supremacy, neo-Nazi symbology such as references to the number 88 and racist diatribes against people of color.
Mic has chosen to republish excerpts from the manifesto in order to dispel any explanations for the attack that ignore the role the politics of white supremacy played in this terrible crime. (Source: Read more)