Don’t let Charleston shooting divide us

– CNN, JUNE 19 2015, FEAT. PROF. EBONI NELSON:

During the summer of 1993 as a rising high school senior attending Governor’s School in Charleston, South Carolina, I attended Emanuel AME Church for Sunday worship. Although I was young, I recall sensing the significance of “Mother Emanuel” to the surrounding community and being enveloped by her welcoming love and spirit. Tragically, hatred and evil took advantage of that same spirit, resulting in the devastating loss of nine innocent lives.

Atrocities such as the horrific shooting in Charleston provoke heartrending anguish and grief in people everywhere. However, for members of the black community who have too often experienced senseless violence due to racial hatred, our sorrow is visceral and makes us question whether our country will ever be free of racial animus.

 

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