Charleston and the Arrogance of White Supremacy


Last week a white supremacist launched a terrorist attack against Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

 Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, via
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, via

The next evening in Washington DC’s Mt. Vernon Square, I along with several others, most of us strangers before this moment, gathered to mourn the loss of nine innocent Black people murdered during their weekly evening prayer meeting. We formed a small circle, holding candles and summoning light in a vain effort to dispel the darkness that covered the sky and our hearts, trying not to cry as we held vigil.

The rain poured down so hard that umbrellas offered little protection. Our clothes and shoes were soaked but the discomfort felt right. The heavens wept with us. It seemed appropriate to see only clouds and not be able to count the stars, like I did when I was little and full of hope.


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Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

5 thoughts on “Charleston and the Arrogance of White Supremacy”

  1. Didn’t the arresting cops take Dylann Roof to Burger King? What does that suggest? To me, the police officers didn’t view him as a criminal after he murdered 9 black people in a church.


  2. That tragedy still sickens me to this day. I hated how the mainstream media didn’t call it a hate crime and how Dylann Roof got free Burger King after killing those innocent people at that church. Roof is a freaking terrorist for what he did, and it’s a shame how mass murderers like him are treated better than some people with no criminal records.

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  3. “………show up on the front lines to fight the fight.” Seems Janee is my kind of woman!

    To hell with all the ‘good willing” fakers who can’t even show up for a vigil because of the rain.


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