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.