Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A South Carolinian on the Confederate Flag
"I am from South Carolina. A state that has been under relentless attack in the news and on social media since the Charleston Church Shooting. Apparently we are a state of evil, gun-toting rednecks who swaddle our newborn children in the Confederate flag. Do not misunderstand me, I believe that the crimes of Dylann Roof are reprehensible and when he's found guilty he should be executed for his crimes. Keep in mind, this is the SECOND shooting in the Low Country region of my state in recent months to garner national attention. However, my state has handled it right, from the governor to the average person on the street.
"South Carolina did not riot.
"South Carolina did not loot.
"South Carolina did not burn down neighborhoods and businesses.
"South Carolina citizens did not start targeting cops for execution.
"So before you get on your Facebook pulpit and condemn my state, think about what South Carolina DID do.
"South Carolina passed legislation to put body cameras on all cops.
"South Carolinians have come together by the thousands to stand together, united against tragedies such as this.
"South Carolina churches all over the state have joined together in prayer vigils and services for the slain.
"All the barriers that are supposed to be divisive and separate us as human beings; race, religion, political leanings, economic class, have been pulled down as my state has come together, peacefully, to try to heal in the wake of this horrible crime.
"Please keep this in mind as you rail from your pulpits about how awful my state and its people are.
"My state, SOUTH CAROLINA, is handling this tragedy as a family with sorrow, grace, and, and above all, class."