I awoke to the same horrible news that everyone else awoke to. A gunman walked into the south’s oldest church and opened fire on church members after praying with them for over an hour. Here are the facts and my intial thoughts on the matter below.
A white man who killed nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, told his victims he was there “to shoot black people,” a law enforcement official said Thursday, citing witnesses to the shooting.
The suspect, identified as Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was still at large on Thursday as law enforcement officers searched the region.
The man spent an hour in a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night before he opened fire, Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Thursday morning.
A law enforcement official says witnesses told them the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” The shooter is also believed to have used a handgun, according to the official.
A picture of Roof on social media showed him wearing a jacket with what appear to be the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and nearby Rhodesia, a former British colony that was ruled by a white minority until it became independent in 1980 and changed its name to Zimbabwe.
Six females and three males were killed, Mullen said. Three people survived, including a woman who received a chilling message from the shooter.
“Her life was spared, and (she was) told, I’m not going to kill you, I’m going to spare you, so you can tell them what happened,” Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott told CNN. Scott said she heard this from the victims’ family members.
Since the story broke this morning Roof has been taken into custody. Few details have been offered about his arrest, but there is a press conference scheduled to brief the public.
President Obama is giving a Press conference from the White House as I type this. Emotionally asking Americans to re-examine our stance on gun-control. I noticed he never used the word “thug”
VQ Personal Commentary
I’m not sure what to say about this event at this point in time. It’s so obvious this was a planned terrorist act, and this church and day was chosen specifically. I’m sort of numb at this
1. Tired of seeing blacks die.
2. Tired of seeing blacks not protected or protecting themselves.
3. Tired of White America’s Ambivalence to black suffering.
4. Tired of White America’s rationalizations and double standards regarding how they refer to domestic terrorists who are white.
5. Tired of black Americans being overly concerned with whether or not white Americans care about them.
6. I’m tired of Americans caring whether or not a victim is the same color as them.
7. I’m tired of white media using two different sets of rules when discussing white tragedy and black tragedy.
8. I’m tired of America’s blood lust.
9. I’m tired of certain social media personalities who seem happy these things happen so they can exploit it for likes.
10. I’m tired of white murderers being caught alive, armed, after a killing spree without incident by the same cops who kill unarmed teenagers trying to live their lives.
Qmunity I can’t react to this the same way others are today. Others just care about the buzz and the spin, but I care about your safety and this false sense of security you live in. “Whose Guarding the Gate?” is what I always ask.
“Whose watching the door?”
“Whose wondering where the kids are?”
“Whose asking names?”
Whose arming themselves to PROTECT the flock?”
“How many more of you have to die unarmed before you arm yourselves?”
These are the questions I truly hope come from this tragedy. Unfortunately we can’t do anything for the victims now ut show that their death were not in vain. Protect yourselves better. Protect your children. Protect your family. Don’t let strangers get to close. Don’t trust people just so that not trusting them doesn’t make them feel bad. And don’t trust everything you read. You know how you can trust someone these days? When they tell you not to trust them. Qmunity I’m your blogger. I walk WITH you. Don’t depend on what me and any other platform says for your safety or well-being. I care about you so much that I want you to be on-guard with even me. These are ever-changing times. Prepare for them.
I’ll be updating this blog post as more details are released.
Qmunity, do these events put you on heightened awareness to your surroundings, or do you still feel like it can’t happen to you?
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