Throughout my life, I’ve known too many people who complain about African-Americans and other U.S. minorities “depending on the government for handouts.” However, these same people also worry out loud about African-Americans and other minorities doing as well or better than them economically. Why would someone ever be afraid of another human being doing well in life? Isn’t that crazy?
Dylann Roof is accused of murdering nine African-Americans in cold blood during a Bible study in Charleston, S.C., last week. He is one of those who complains about African-Americans and other minorities using government assistance. Yet he seems to fear African-Americans and other minorities doing well or better than him.
I don’t understand how African-Americans and other minorities are supposed to say good-bye to government assistance, if when they do well a cowardly gunman walks calmly into a predominantly minority church and kills as many human beings as possible.
I’m also stunned the United States would rather have metal detectors and guards installed in churches than ease off its obsession with guns, anger and killing the least little bit. Could that be the truest sign of a great country’s decline?
I collect tattoos of martyrs on my body. I have already scheduled a tattoo of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the African-American pastor murdered with eight others during that Bible study. He led a prestigious church; was working on a doctorate; was a husband and father of two young daughters; and was also the youngest state senator in South Carolina history. The Rev. Pinckney was the epitome of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream.” I’m getting an inscription with the tattoo that will read, “Was murdered in cold blood along with eight other innocents during Bible study by a person with no brains, no heart and no soul who was raised by people with no brains, no heart and no soul, who were raised by people with no brains, no heart and no soul. And so on. And so on ...”