The Terrorists Among Us – Slate

The Political Agitator’s response: I totally agree with, “Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.”

Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

North Carolina? It sounds absurd. When we think about immigration and terrorism, we think of Syria. But that’s not where our casualties are coming from. On Friday, a gunman killed three people and wounded nine more at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. The suspect is white American Robert Lewis Dear. When police apprehended Dear, he uttered . . . (Source: Read more)

In Response To Richland County Deputy Fired Over Spring Valley Incident – WLTX 19

The Political Agitator’s response: I understand school administrators have a tough job however what they need to do is follow their rules and guidelines.

When it is identified that a child has a phone unauthorized then it is up to the school to enforce their policy, take it for that day and the parent has to come out before they get it back and this way the parents will know the situation. Let the parents get upset, but they don’t run the school. If any school allow the parents to tell them what to do then they have issues just like the child involved.

I can understand the officer putting his hands on her attempting to restrain her but what little I looked at, he was far from trying to restrain her but looked like a street fight.

l don’t care about how much home training the child has once the child report on school property then they are the property of the school and the parents are another issue.

As far as a racist thing, well that is how individuals receive it because it is clear the child was black and the officer was white so therefore race is a factor and it can be used for good or bad. But for me it would be the same thing if the officer was black and the child black and if the officer was white and the child was white. But because there are 2 races involved in this issue, it is what it is.

The parent was not in the classroom so therefore this issue was a school, officer and child issue.

Since the child didn’t get up and the officers did what he did, this is the outcome. Dealing with anything other that what happened in the classroom as it relates to the school, the officer and the student is irrelevant.

The child obviously was out of order, so enforce the rule that she was breaking but on a professional note:

In the following article: Lott said the deputy had the right to put his hands on the student, but that when he threw the girl across the room, that’s when he violated training. So what is the problem? The student was wrong and need to be dealt with and officer was wrong and he needed to be dealt with. So bringing the parents into it is irrelevant.

See the original article:

Richland County Deputy Fired Over Spring Valley Incident

Confederate flag comes down on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds – The Washington Post

The Political Agitator’s response: Not my damn heritage, not my damn flag the flag of confusion. Some will say that the flag will not change their hearts. Well not all of them but I believe it will change some. However the flag coming down from a public place is a good thing. Now what they do with it on their own person and property, fine with me. Those whom celebrate their history, I love to see who they are so I can know who I am dealing with.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds came down during a Friday morning ceremony, ending its 54-year presence at the Capitol.

Members from a South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guard approached the Confederate memorial, and as one turned a lever to lower the flag, the assembled large crowd burst into sustained applause and chanted “U.S.A.!” The flag will be placed in a museum.

Cheers and hugs punctuated the morning. Just before the ceremony, a few gray-haired white men at the front of the crowd waved Confederate flags. But many more, both black and white, waved the United States flag. (Source: Read more)

Serena Williams Has Not Played in SC Since 2000 Over Confederate Flag – Naturally Moi

Without a doubt, Serena Williams is perhaps one of the greatest tennis players to ever play the game. Winning tournaments after tournaments, Williams displays championship qualities that are admired by millions of fans. Let’s face it – what she does on the court is thrilling and exciting. Beating opponent after opponent in major events such as Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, The Australian Open, and The French Open keeps Williams in the top ranking. From the time Williams stepped on the scene, people have taken notice.

Williams is a champion on the court (that goes without saying) and off the court as well. Yes, she gets plenty of endorsements. Yes, she’s recognizable throughout the world. However, Williams is making her actions heard by refusing to play in South Carolina over the Confederate Flag. (Source: Read more)

SC raised Confederate flag in 1961 to insult nine black protesters — and took it down to honor nine slain – RawStory

The Political Agitator’s response: And to think that I was born in 1962, well!

A peculiar historical symmetry exists between South Carolina’s decision to raise the Confederate flag in 1961 and the state’s overnight vote Thursday to bring it down.

The flag was first hoisted over the Statehouse on April 11, 1961, as part of the centennial celebration of the firing on Fort Sumter, which opened the Civil War.

The flag was flown at the request of Aiken Rep. John A. May, who introduced a resolution during the next legislative session to display the flag over the Statehouse, and lawmakers approved his measure March 16, 1962 – after the flag had remained flying for nearly a year. (Source: Read more)

South Carolina House approves bill removing Confederate flag – News WPIX.COM

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The Political Agitator’s response: I totally agree the issue of this flag of confusion will not get better with age.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House approved a bill removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860 and raised the flag again at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

The move early Thursday came after more than 13 hours of passionate and contentious debate, and just weeks after the fatal shootings of nine black church members, including a state senator, at a Bible study in Charleston. (Source: Read more)

25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling ‘threatened’ – Daily Mail

A South Carolina man and several of his friends say they were refused service at a Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston last month and asked to leave. The reason: Michael Brown and his group of 24 friends and family members are African-American, and another customer – a white woman – complained that she felt threatened by the group.

That’s according to Brown, who was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston with a night out at the Wild Wing Cafe. Brown took his beef to social media, and the story went viral.

The apparent race-based snub came after Brown and his group waited for a table for about two hours. (Source: Read more)

I’m a Black Southerner Who’s Seen Racism All My Life. Why Do I Stay Silent? – Politico Magazine

Blacks in the South, Carlton told me, are submissive. He was a young African-American man from Kansas City. We were sitting in a classroom in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A teacher friend of mine had asked me to mentor him and another of her high school students.

Blacks in the South are submissive.

It rolled off his tongue, not as indictment, but as description.

His family sent him “down South” for that very reason, to get him away from, Carlton said, the kind of black people who stand up for themselves and firmly against injustice—personal and otherwise—the kind of black people he had been getting in trouble with as they fought back … against whatever it was they were fighting, something he couldn’t quite explain. (Source: Read more)

Confederate States of America – Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union – Yale Law School

The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

And now the State of South Carolina having resumed her separate and equal place among nations, deems it due to herself, to the remaining United States of America, and to the nations of the world, that she should declare the immediate causes which have led to this act.

In the year 1765, that portion of the British Empire embracing Great Britain, undertook to make laws for the government of that portion composed of the thirteen American Colonies. A struggle for the right of self-government ensued, which resulted, on the 4th of July, 1776, in a Declaration, by the Colonies, “that they are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; and that, as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do.”  (Source: Read more)

Taking Down The Confederate Flag Won’t ‘Solve’ Racism – HuffPost

The people of Charleston rejoiced after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag at the state capitol, and rightly so.

A state official acknowledging the inherent racism of the flag feels like the first step towards healing in the wake of the Charleston massacre. Yet it’s important to remember that this gesture, while significant, does not fix the underlying issue: deep-seated, institutional hatred and inequality.

It is vital to acknowledge that symbols do mean something. They have a real and profound effect on the world, and can galvanize and strengthen dangerous ideologies. Just as the n-word isn’t simply a word, the Confederate flag isn’t just a flag. Both are potent symbols of America’s racist past and present, and the desire to have them removed from our collective national experience is reasonable. It’s no wonder that right now, there are several petitions to remove tributes to the confederacy across the country. (Source: Read more)

Slack CEO explodes over editorial about the South Carolina shooting, says ‘f— you’ to Wall Street Journal – Business Insider

Stewart Butterfield, cofounder of Flickr and CEO of the office-communication software Slack, lashed out against a Wall Street Journal editorial in a tweetstorm Sunday night.

The Journal editorial in question addressed the recent killings of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, saying the event was caused by a “problem that defies explanation.” (Source: Read more)

Cops Bought Dylann Roof Burger King Hours After Charleston Shooting – HuffPost

The man accused of gunning down nine people inside a historic black church in South Carolina was “polite” and “quiet” while he was in police custody in North Carolina, according to a police chief who spoke with the Charlotte Observer.

Dylann Roof, 21, was apprehended by Shelby police on Thursday. He has been charged with nine counts of murder in a mass shooting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday.

Police arrested him without incident.

Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Charlotte Observer that when Roof complained he was hungry, cops went to a nearby Burger King and bought the accused mass murderer a meal while he was in custody. (Source: Read more)

Confederate flags burned and monuments defaced as South Carolina protesters lash out in wake of racially motivated Charleston church massacre – Daily Mail

Protesters in South Carolina have begun burning Confederate flags and defacing monuments as the debate as to whether or not the flag should fly over the state’s capital intensifies in the wake of Wednesday’s brutal massacre that saw nine people murdered because they were black.

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder after attending a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and then opening fire on those in attendance.

It has been reported that when asked to stop during the brutal killings, Roof said; ‘No, you’ve raped our women, and you are taking over the country … I have to do what I have to do.’ (Source: Read more)

South Carolina Supreme Court Orders New Judge in Charleston Shooter Case – NBC News

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new judge to preside in the case against the Charleston church shooter.

The change came as revelations later surfaced that Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr., who presided over confessed gunman Dylann Roof’s bond hearing on Friday, made racist comments in a courtroom over a decade ago.

Gosnell was reprimanded by the state Supreme Court in 2005 for telling a black defendant in 2003, “There are four kinds of people in this world: black people, white people, rednecks, and n******.” (Source: Read more)

Nikki Haley Defends Confederate Flag At Statehouse Because Not ‘A Single CEO’ Complained – Crooks & Liars

The Political Agitator’s response: 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.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) on Tuesday said that there was no need to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds because it was not an issue for CEOs, and the state had “fixed” racist perceptions by electing an Indian-American governor.

During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen called on the flag to be retired to a museum.

“I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are,” Sheheen explained, adding that everyone should “rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past.” (Source: Read more)