USA Charleston Terrorist, Dylann Roof, Attack Claim Nine Victims

Like America, he said, it was about freedom. “Freedom to worship … freedom to be all God intends you to be,” he said. “Sometimes you gotta make noise to do that.  – Rev Clementa Pinckney

USA  Charleston Terrorist, Dylann Roof, Attack Claim Nine Victims

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was the scene of a terror attack as a white gunman opened fire, killing nine people in the church, and sparing one woman  to spread the word of terror.

According to the Daily Mail, eight victims died at the scene and one in the hospital. A smart five year old girl pretended to be dead and luckily survived the attack.

The suspect (terrorist) is described as a clean-shaven, 21-year-old white male and is believed to be wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and Timberland boots.

Mother Emanuel, as Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is called in the community, is the home to the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore.

The historical Black AME church is tied to the history of the American South since the early 1800s. From slave revolts to the civil rights movements to present day police brutality.

In 1969, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. King, led a protest to the church; 900 were arrested by the national guard.

In 1962 the civil rights leader, Reverend Martin Luther King, gave the famous speech to vote.

In 1909 even the legendary African-American leader Booker T Washington spoke there.

During the 1861-65 Civil War, it was a secret meeting place for many southern black organizers.

Mother Emanuel’s pastor, State Senator Clementa Pinckney, was among the victims of this hate crime / terrorist attack on black lives by white men.

Sen. Pinckney, 41, a married father of two, had actually counseled the family of Walter Scott. The reader will remember Mr. Scott was murdered by Officer Michael Slager (on April 4th) as he was pulled over for a missing tailgate light.

{Victims of the Charleston Terrorist Attack}

President Obama  stated he and his wife knew all the members of the Emanuel congregation well, including Sen. Pinckney.

For nearly an hour, Dylann Storm Roof (a 21 year old white male supremacist) was inside the AME church. Watching his victims before killing “six [black] females and three [black] males at a prayer meeting”, Police Chief Greg Mullen said. (6)

A childhood friend of Roof alerted the the FBI. Police found Dylann’s car in Shelby, North Carolina, where Roof was arrested without physical harm. It is unclear if he was armed at the time of his arrest.  However, the police did not fear or feel threatened. Compare with when they confront unarmed young black men.

Family and friends of the shooter had this to say:

“I don’t know what was going through his head,” Kozny said. “He was a really sweet kid. He was quiet. He only had a few friends.”

Roof, however, had been to jail: State court records show a pending felony drug case against him, plus a past misdemeanour trespassing charge. He also displayed a deliberately offensive Confederate flag on his license plate.

Traditional media downplayed this as a possible hate crime, instead of calling it what it is (a terror attack). Roof knew what he was doing and let one woman go to spread the word.

This case highlights the disparities in treatment of white versus black suspects. Two white suspects apprehended for the murdering of 9 people, were arrested without the use of excessive force. The cops did not fear for their lives.

If this had been a Catholic Church where a Muslim gunman murdered 9 white people, including a priest or congressman, this would be a called a terrorist attack without a doubt. Just look at the case of the Boston Marathon.

Hate Crime vs Terrorism

Are black people now forbidden to pray?
We are not allowed negativity or anger.
Where is the positive in being murdered while praying to God?

Self-harm is frowned upon because it deprives cops of income and target practice. Medical treatment is likely to be inferior and lead to more harm, as many black people already receive poor medical care.

Residents of Charleston, and black people all over the US, are living in fear of police officers and now any white male.

What can African-Americans do, as fear builds among the black community?

Why is this a hate crime, not a terrorist attack? Why was the Boston Marathon attack a terrorist attack and not a hate crime? Is the word terrorism reserved for those of Muslim heritage?

Didn’t the Holocaust start something like that?


Definitions:

“In both crime and law, hate crime (also known as bias-motivated crime) is a usually violent, prejudice motivated crime that occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_crime

“Terrorism is commonly defined as violent acts (or the threat of violent acts) intended to create fear (terror), perpetrated for an economic,[1] religious, political, or ideological goal, and which deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (e.g., neutral military personnel or civilians). Another common definition sees terrorism as political, ideological or religious violence by non-state actors.”

“In the international community, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal-law definition.[5][6]”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism

Image Source:  The Daily Mail (1)


These Are The Victims Of The Charleston Church Shooting

Nine people were killed Wednesday night when a shooter opened fire at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina during a prayer meeting. This post will be updated as victims are identified.

Easter: The Worst And The Best Of Times

 

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. -St. Augustine
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
-St. Augustine

Easter : The Worst And The Best Of Times

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!

-Clarence W. Hall

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Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.

-Charles M. Crowe

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Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.

-Charles M. Crowe

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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

-St. Augustine

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The tree of knowledge of Good and Evil

my little totekkie has many faces…
Image by Roald Michel

Trusting me to do the good thing by Roald…

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The tree of knowledge of Good and Evil

my little totekkie has many faces... Image by Roald Michel
my little totekkie has many faces…
Image by Roald Michel

Trusting me to do the good thing by Roald Michel

Remember me saving that baby iguana? Here’s another story from my encounters with animals. This one was originally published on a so called Christian site discussing evil. You’ll see it’s quite appropriate to see the light of day in this Syrian thread as well. And not to forget the “fear negotiating” one.


I entered my garden one day to get rid for a while of the usual cacophony that surrounds me on a daily basis. Waving palm trees, luscious flowers, singing birds, hard working ants, and cool fish, were greeting me as I made my way to the pool. And then I saw it: A totekkie drowning, desperately trying to climb out of the water, but to no avail. So I took the little one out. My good deed for the day. While still holding it in my hand, she asked: “Are you God?” Totally caught off guard by her question, I hesitated a bit, but then I said: “No, I’m not. Are you?” “Of course I am, and so are you!” she replied a bit impatiently.

Together we sat down in a cave close to the pool, and she explained: “You see Roald, we all are God, or if you will, God is in all of us. See that rock over there next to the shower? That one is God too. And that precious trupial cleaning its feathers on a high-voltage cable outside on the street? Yes, that one too.”

The sun was setting, and soon we could see the moon and the stars. Still wondering I said: “Is Venus God too? And the moon? And Antaris? And……..” She looked up to me, and I could feel her annoyance with me now. Then she said: “Hmmmm, you didn’t get it yet, eh? Must be because you’re a human. Animals, plants, and even lifeless objects have no problems at all being God. They never argue about it either. They simply are what they are. I mean being God, eh? Yeah, come to think of it, only humans are constantly babbling, bickering, fighting, and killing each other over God. Guess it’s because they fear to be divine, or something.” She caught a stray fly and devoured it. Bewildered I said: “How could you do that? You say you’re God, no? And God is good, no?” She licked her lips, smiled, and replied: “Yes, of course I did that. And it was good too, hehe!”

We were silent for a while. She enjoying the cool trade winds and ready to kill yet another daredevil God passing by, and I engulfed in spiritual chaos.

Finally, when she was half asleep already, I dared to ask: “If we all are God, how come there’s so much evil, misery, and sorrow in this world?” She yawned, and said: “Roald, that kind of stuff only exists in the human world, your world, not in the rest of it.” I could only stare at her, confused, angered, and helpless. “What nonsense is that?” I replied with elevated voice. “Are you telling me that when you torture, kill, and even eat your victims alive, this is not evil, not creating misery and sorrow?” “Nah, not at all” she said. “It’s just the way it is, and in human terms, all good.” I couldn’t believe my ears! There she was, claiming to be God, while murdering all kinds of small living things (Gods too in her conception) without the blink of an eye or the tiniest sign of remorse. Pure evil that one!

A dark cloud moved in front of the moon, darkening my world even more.

“Humans are a mistake” she suddenly said. “Well, not really a mistake at creation, but they grew into it so to speak. They never should have eaten from that tree, you know? Yes, you know what I’m talking about, don’t you? It’s that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Well, that’s how you people tell the story. Thank God, we never ate from it. Only humans did. And as far as I know, still do. Along the way, humans also picked up yet another brilliant fruit, called it ‘free will’, ate from it too, liked its taste, and got addicted to it. Since that time you people are slaughtering each other in the name of it. Freedom fighters and free thinkers contaminating and polluting the place everywhere now. Talk about evil.”

At that moment, she grinned, jumped off my lap, caught another unsuspecting God, swallowed it, and laughed like only a totekkie can laugh.

“Free will by itself is not so bad”, she continued. It’s the way humans handle the thing which made, and still is making, a mess out of it. Not that I would want to have it though. Doesn’t taste well, I’ve heard, and would make me vomit. I rather stick with plain choices. I make choices all the time. And all of them are perfect, because I don’t have to bother about good and evil like you humans must. What makes it even worse is that even if you know you made the wrong choice, you’re coming up with all kind of excuses and rationalizations to still make it look good, while actually it’s dripping from pure evil. Yeah, free will at its best!”

She nestled herself in my lap again, looked me straight into the eye, and whispered: “Still you and the rest of humanity are God, you hear! Maybe a bit twisted deity, but God nonetheless. There’s simply no other way Roald, even if you deny it.” Then she mumbled something about atheism I believe, but I couldn’t grasp it, because she fell asleep, trusting me to do the good thing. And so I became her guardian angel for the night.

Roald Michel

Roald Michel, Owner/Director, Profar Consultancy NV. Mainly busy with making people to own their life, actions, and thoughts (again).
Owner/Director, Profar Consultancy NV. Mainly busy with making people to own their life, actions, and thoughts (again).