A Silver Lining to the Cloud Over Charleston

The breadth and depth of the recent tragedy at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston South Carolina defies adequate description. Although not a church-going sort of person myself, the very idea of entering any house of worship, whether it be a Church or a Synagogue, with such heinous intent offends most Americans at a very deeply personal level.

Yes, I said most.

I have never understood racism, and I do believe that in many, many instances, the term “racism” is misused and abused on par with the common usage of terms like “awesome.”

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As a child, I grew up in places like Ethiopia and Hokkaido Japan. In Ethiopia there was one other white family living within a range of several miles from our home and they did not have kids my age, so my social contacts were limited to neighborhood kids who had never had any previous contact with white folk and who (initially) spoke no English. Basically, until my family returned to the United States to enable me to attend an American high school, my siblings and I were the definition of a minority population.

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Were we discriminated against? By definition, yes!

Discrimination – To make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit.

That definition is a fairly accurate assessment of virtually all person-to-person interactions. As humans, we tend to categorize others upon initial contact and sometimes we allow that initial contact to become a definition and sometimes we take the time and make the effort to seek out the merit that exists in all of God’s creations.

Dylann Roof, the shooter in the Charleston incident, is living proof that pure racism does exist. But like Christianity or Judaism, true “racism” is a learned conditioning.

What is not a learned conditioning is the universal human compassion for others in pain.

It has been reported that Dylann Roof said that he hoped to spark a “race war.” The result has been exactly the opposite. The people of Charleston, the people of South Carolina, and the people of this once great nation have come together in compassionate support of the families who have suffered such horrendous personal losses. That is what Americans do.

And in the midst of such horrendous grief and suffering, the Deranged Socialist In Charge (DSIC) staying true to form chooses not to show any compassion for the survivors and their families but rather in true form of the Democratic credo to never waste a crisis, he once again tries to push his agenda to disarm free Americans while, at the same time, beating the mind numbing drum about racism in America.

On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. A single gunman murdered nine innocent Christians who had welcomed him into their midst with open arms and open hearts. And on that same evening, an estimated two hundred eighty four million seven hundred and ninety nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine (284,799,999) American gun owners did not kill anybody.

Dylann Roof believed that he could start a race war by a single outrageous act of violence.

Initially, he has failed miserably.

We AMERICANS cannot let the hate mongers under the leadership of the Hate-Monger-In-Charge divert the momentum towards unity that this terrible event has set in motion.

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