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There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of Scripture – NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks

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Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Image: @BethRickenbaker

This story just makes my soul cry. This morning we learned that a deranged gunman killed 9 people inside the Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina during their weekly prayer meeting. The part that truly crushed me was reading that the grandmother of a 5 year old told her to play dead to survive.

I have a 5 year old.

I immediately thought of those 4 little girls in Alabama, senselessly murdered by bombing while in church in 1963. That certain people would continue to see Charleston as an isolated case is a clear sign of willful ignorance. This was no one-off, coincidence, or accident. It is a culmination of a boiling undercurrent in America that has gone unchecked for far too long, and might not even begin to rescind until the completion of President Obama’s presidency. And even then it will be far too late.

America needs a serious sit-down, face to face. We need to let it all out, without the 90’s political correctness that plagued us ever since. Because, if in 2015, we can’t be safe in our houses of worship, our homes, our streets, if sitting outside ensures an almost certain death sentence, what is there worth living for?