This amazing article by, Kimberle Crenshaw, founder of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) speaks to the African American’s horror at the Charleston Massacre. The burning question is, how could such a horrific act quickly disappear from public discourse, while we champion crises nationally and throughout the globe. Forgiveness is a graceful personal and communal outcome. It begins a healing. But forgiveness is only a beginning.
A proper address to the Charleston Massacre includes approaching a consensus that the harm was severe, historic, and signals a direct attack on a section of the U. S. population not to be overshadowed or deleted from memory by the next news-cycle.
Grace, amazing though it is, should not spell the end of our responsibility to address the root of racist violence. We will neither forget nor forgive how the lives of Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Daniel Simmons Jr. and Myra Thompson were stolen from their families. We will keep our eyes wide open. We will remember Charleston.