Wednesday night, a white man walked into a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot nine parishioners. Today, a Confederate flag is flying on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia — as it does every day. While the flags on top of the statehouse itself are flying at half-mast, the Confederate flag (displayed at a Civil War memorial) is flying at full mast.
There’s more historical context regarding the church itself, here. Today, I’ve been remembering the words of Langston Hughes:
The past has been a mint
Of blood and sorrow.
That must not be
True of tomorrow.
2 thoughts on “The Charleston Massacre”
This is but one of the many examples of the Black “experience” that Alicia Walters spoke of recently in her rebuttal of Dr.Wendy . The Dolezal story has unleashed much heated discussion but I think Walters nailed it here.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
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