A young white supremacist man killed nine in a historical church in Charleston after saying that he was there to kill black people. A heinous terrorist attack in a place of worship that shows how far away is the American society from get rid of the violent racism embedded in an active minority.

The killer, a 21-year-old man called Dylann Roof, entered the Emanuel AME Church and attended quietly a Bible study for about an hour before stood up and announced that he was there to kill black people and started the massacre. He had a gun that his father gave him as gift for his 21st birthday.

This is clearly a premeditated hate crime. And it has to be treated as such. It’s easy to say that another crazy youngster with a gun has entered a place crowded and has begun to shot randomly to kill whoever was on his way.

The comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart gave up to his jokes when he hear about the news and made a commentary about the killing. He said that if the perpetrator would be a foreign from ISIS or Al Qaeda, the Government already would have sent drones and armed forces in response and would have mobilized all the recourses imaginable to act against the roots of the attack. But when something like this happens in rural America, the politicians usually only say that this is a tragedy, there is a time of grief and this is a crazy man acting alone. In the CNN an analyst showed how the hate crimes against african-americans are the causing by far more deaths in the US than other hate crimes combined, including the bombings of the islamists.

President Obama have instructed his Department of Justice to open a Federal Investigation on hate crimes over this case.

In his first reaction to the murders he said that “the fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked. And we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.”

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. he said that “we must be concerned not merely with [about] who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.”

That is key to solve a relentless problem that 50 years after still alive some pouches of the American society.


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  1. Honestly, if it were any non-white person then the attack would have been labelled terrorist and more than necessary/required forces would have been mobilized to “deal” with the issue. This alone speaks of the inherent discrimination and injustice that persists in the American, as well as Western, systems. Yes, there are people expressing grief, but does that really make a difference? Over the past year, so many “hate crimes” have been committed against African-Americans but nothing was done then. If the police force is not held accountable, why will that guy be? If the mainstream media has portrayed such incidents unfavourably and with a bias, what does that teach the public?
    Why does something drastic needs to happen for collective action, if any?

  2. You’re right. There is a need to portray these crimes in the media as what they really are.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


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