As I sit down to write this, I find myself with a heavy heart thinking of the situation in Charleston, South Carolina. I woke up today and figured I should just write a normal blog post about fashion or hiking, but this is much, much more important than shoes or trees.
Nine innocent people lost their lives Wednesday night in a sacred place, one known as a place of safety. Republican or Democrat, pro-gun control or anti-gun control, this issue cannot be debated. The killer himself stated that his goal was to start a “race war.” This crime was entirely motivated by racism and the desire to hurt others because of their skin color, there is no denying that.
Our nation has a huge problem with racism reinvigorating itself. Not only does this incident alone prove this, but so do many others over the course of the past few years.
I cannot even begin to comment on this because I am a white American and this issue does not hit home for me nearly as hard as it does for the African American community. But this issue is extremely important to me and one I plan to fight over, to fight for.
As a nation, we are staring the issue of racism and wrongful death in the face, we have been for years, and chosen to only ignore it.
There needs to be a change, we need to fight for the equality that has been fought for over the past four centuries- and win this time. We are all American, standing hand in hand with one another is the only way we will truly succeed as a nation and overcome the hatred and violence that plagues so much of the world.
Obama stated that other developed nations do not face issues like this. Be it caused by race or the ease of the ability to buy a gun is another important question to ponder. But undeniably, racism is alive and well in the United States and it’s an issue that needs to be acknowledged and changed for the entirety of our country.
America was found and developed on the fundamental belief of freedom for all. “All,” has taken on a million different meanings since our nation became true in 1783 and it is time for it to truly mean everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, or race. It is time for us to take a stand with one another to build up our great nation and make it a safe haven for everyone.
Donations to the Emanuel ame church can be made at: http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/
A list of victims:
Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Rev. Sharonda Singleton
Ethel Lee Lance
Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr.
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor