That’s what Tywanza said in a Charleston, South Carolina Church.
A 21-year-old man, Dylann Roof, holding a gun, didn’t believe that.
Looking at Tywanza, a black man, standing before him in a church at a Bible study meeting, Dylann said, it was a “fact” that “black men are raping our women and taking over the country.”
The rich residue of bigotry and violence, accumulated over the history of our young country, makes for a deathly brew.
It began with rivulets, formed into rivers, a soulless flood, coursing through our nation’s veins, its institutions, and the minds and hearts of America.
Early vestiges of its source occurred when founding fathers failed to condemn slavery in our Declaration of Independence.
When we wrote our Constitution, we embraced slavery, making men chattels and partial persons.
Even now when discrimination is outlawed, it is still widely practiced, with a wink and a nod, and finds ease and comfort in the oleaginous political rhetoric of our most unworthy leaders. Continue reading