Does Dylann Roof Think Black Murder Is Normal?
Nine people were killed last Wednesday, during a Bible study at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. One of the officials said that Dylann Roof, who is white, told investigators that he wanted to start a race war. Joey Meek, Roof’s roommate, told ABC News that Roof “was big into segregation,” and was plotting for six months.
“I will never get to talk to her again, I will never get to hold her again; but I forgive you.” the daughter of Ethel Lance said.
“May God have mercy on you.” Tywanza Sanders mother said.
“We are the family that love built. We have no room for hatin’ so we have to forgive.” Depayne Middleton-Doctor sister said.
Michael T. Smith’s Talk “Black Murder Is Normal”
“White” Mike’s talk was given at TEDxJacksonville, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Mike argues that the “normalcy” of black murder is ingrained in our American culture. Indeed, the idea that a black American would be involved in a homicide—either as perpetrator or victim—is so broadly accepted as to be largely unnoticed. For black males ages 15-34 the number one cause of death is homicide. Mike implores us… “Black murder is normal— but should not be. I was born into a world where black murder is normal. My kids were born into a world where black murder is normal. But I don’t want to die in a world where black murder is normal.”
Tweetable: “I don’t want to die in a world where black murder is normal.”
Author: Becka Lee Gruber