‘We Have to Do Better’: A Reading List on the Charleston Church Massacre

by davebarclay1954

Every human has the right to live, black, white, yellow, brown or purple with green spots. No one can be allowed to kill another because of their skin colour or religion. We have to share what we have or the world will become intolerable for all of us. Let me live for I’m a man of peace! As the bullets tear into my head, heart and stomach.

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Yesterday, Marc Lamont Hill tweeted, “I’m going to need all White people to denounce this ugly act of racist domestic terrorism.” This reading list is me denouncing the actions of a white supremacist terrorist, who visited a Wednesday night Bible study at one of the most important, sacred sites of Black religious and political freedom with the exclusive intention of killing attendees in cold blood. White people: we have to do better. We can’t deflect responsibility for this tragedy; we can’t blame this on mental illness (many of my friends and I deal with mental illness every day; none of us have murdered anyone). We have to demand accountability from one another and stand up for people of color—in the streets, in our Facebook feeds, in our offices and homes.

1. “Charleston Church Massacre: The Violence White America Must Answer For.” (Chauncey Devega, Salon, June 2015)

White Americans will not…

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