Lately, we’ve been surrounded by stories that both give me hope and break my heart. Stories that show progress and stories that show how very far we have left to travel. The wide acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner and her transition have been amazing to watch. Acceptance of differences is a beautiful thing. However, that step forward has been against a backdrop of tragedy. There have been so many lives lost in shootings…the latest one in Charleston where pure evil took 9 lives in the house of God.
I’ve heard people say he must have been crazy to do something like that. But, the Charleston church massacre was not the crime of a crazy man. No, this was a crime of hate, pure and simple. A truly crazy man would not have been able to calmly sit through a church service after calmly asking about the location of the preacher. A truly crazy man would have burst in shooting. The news reports tonight said someone believed the perpetrator had been planning the attack for *6 months…not the move of a crazy man. The attack was carried out on the 193rd anniversary of a thwarted slave revolt led by the founder of the church. I don’t believe this was a coincidence. I believe this was caused by plotting and planning and hate…designed to increase the impact of this massacre.
The perpetrator of this massacre can not have his crime excused by insanity. We can’t ignore it or write it off by saying crazy will always exist. We must recognized this for what it is…a crime fueled by hatred and evil. We must acknowledge how much work we have to do to overcome the history of oppression and inequality. We must discuss it with our children. We owe it to our children to teach them both the history of hatred and oppression and ongoing issues that exist. Without continued work and education, we stand no chance of changing our society and bringing equality to all people.
*side note…how in the HELL do you believe someone has been planning an attack like this for 6 months and not say anything?!?!?