|Emanuel AME Church, Charleston,|
The theologian Reinhold Niebhur preached that evil exists in the world. Always has, always will. All we can do is fight it as best we can, over and over, generation after generation, crime after crime, war after war, murder after murder, hate crime after hate crime.
Maybe some good will come of this once the grieving has passed and the healing begins. Maybe all good people will band together against racism and hate, against relentless gun violence, against the silent killers of the soul that encompass race and class and poverty. It's what the Rev. Clementa Pinckney would want, this wonderful man and leader who walked in the footsteps of Martin Luther King and our civil rights pioneers. The photos of the Charleston community, which I find engrossing and fascinating, show an outpouring of grief, silent vigils and gatherings that include people of all races, backgrounds, faiths, and ages, all coming together to mourn. Is this a sign of hope? Will any change come out of this latest tragedy?
For a history of the Emanuel AME church: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/charleston/ema.htm