A day of lament...
By Mark Charles
I lament that today the dominant culture in America is in shock because in the city of Charleston South Carolina one individual committed a single evil and heinous act of violence, while minority communities throughout the country are bracing themselves because the horrors of the past 500 years are continuing into their lifetime.
I lament with every person and community, throughout the history of this nation, who, due to the color of their skin, had to endure marginalization, silence, discrimination, beatings, lynching, cultural genocide, boarding schools, internment camps, mass incarceration, broken treaties, stolen lands, murder, slavery and discovery.
Today I lament that the United States of America does not share a common memory and therefore is incapable of experiencing true community.
Opinion / Making Sense of the Senseless
By Sherri Mitchell
Questioning the motivations of the Charleston shooter is worse than obtuse. It is itself an act of violence
By Kali Holloway
Obama rejects mass shootings as 'new normal' in America
"How can anyone call shootings the new normal," Obama might've explained, "when they go back to the Mystic Massacre of 1637?"
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