White Activists March On Charleston Confederate Museum, Chant ‘Black Lives Matter’

yllan Roof
In the wake of the horrific tragedy of the killing of nine black churchgoers at the historical Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, an amazing amount of strength is being shown. Mother Emanuel, as the church is known, held its first church service since the shooting this morning, despite the fact that they have not even buried their dead, and that they are still very much in mourning. As incredible as that is, perhaps the truly miraculous and unifying event happened Saturday night.

Hundreds of activists protested racism and domestic racial terrorism by marching on Charleston’s Confederate museum. Their chant was the now-iconic “Black Lives Matter.” Also, it is very much worth noting that most of the marchers were white. The following slogans on signs were from white marchers showing their unity with their black brothers and sisters:

“White supremacy is killing us.”

“Stop white terrorism.”

This is incredibly heart-warming and hope-inducing in these troubled times. A right-wing white supremacist shot up a black church, and now the entire community is coming together to protest this heinous act of terrorism and hatred, showing that despite the very deep issues surrounding race that plague this great country of ours, it is possible to progress and heal, that those nine people in that church in Charleston did not die in vain, and that they as a community and we a nation can raise awareness for the real problems that exist, and come back more united and stronger than ever.

People came from all over to attend the march, including Sabine Doutrelepont, a South Carolina resident who spent much of her life in Montreal, who traveled more than three hours to attend the march. She said of the event:

“I’m not a very religious person. But I’ve been a schoolteacher for years. And I always took the side of African-American kids.”

Charleston resident Ariel Hayward’s word were perhaps among the most powerful:

“The fact that I’m 20, and it’s 2015, and I have to go through this — I can’t just sit around and not do anything. Why would I be complacent? If I’m complacent, I’m with the oppressor.”

She’s right, of course. Complacency is not an option when racist terrorists are literally murdering people for the color of their skin, even here in 2015. Anyone who is complacent or apologizes for complacency is a part of the problem.

Kudos to all of these passionate people for taking a stand. Also, the significance of where they marched to should not be lost, as Dylann Roof, the man who authorities say killed those nine innocent worshippers, was photographed in front of a Confederate museum. Originally, the march was supposed to go from downtown to Mother Emanuel Church. Instead, at the time of assembly it was decided that it would be appropriate to go ahead and march to the museum. It seem the marchers concurred, as do I. Well done.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

 

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