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SC Debate on Removing Confederate Flag Starts with Anti-Gay Rhetoric 

Monday morning in the South Carolina Legislature, state lawmakers began debating whether or not to take down the Confederate flag that flies on State Capitol property. The removal is likely, but lawmakers will also debate whether they should hold a ceremony to commemorate taking down the flag or put it back up yearly… » 7/06/15 11:10am 7/06/15 11:10am

As Black Churches Burn, Feds Close In on Suspect in CVS Arson 

Right now, there’s a federal manhunt for the man who burned a Baltimore CVS. After two months of prolonged public investigation, the ATF has finally fingered the man responsible: one Raymon Carter, age 24, black, five-foot-eight, 180 pounds. He’s probably “fit the description” for a decade now—but now, the description… » 7/01/15 1:30pm 7/01/15 1:30pm

The Power and Sadness of a Black President's Call for Grace 

On Friday, South Carolina Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney was memorialized in a packed auditorium at the College Of Charleston. As his wife and two young daughters sat and suffered what must be the worst moment of their short lives, President Obama delivered Pinckney’s eulogy with fervor and deliberation. It was… » 6/27/15 3:45pm 6/27/15 3:45pm

Watch Obama Lead Charleston's Emanuel AME in Singing 'Amazing Grace'

Barack Obama’s eulogy for South Carolina State Senator and Emanuel AME Reverend Clementa Pinckney, delivered on the heels of a historic stretch of American tragedy and renewal, was a defining moment of his Presidency—as well as the ragged, bloody, gorgeous reckoning with social justice that’s been forced into the… » 6/26/15 3:50pm 6/26/15 3:50pm

SC Governor Will Reportedly Call for Confederate Flag to Be Removed

Days after nine people were murdered in a racist attack on a black church in Charleston, and after studiously ignoring the issue for as long as she could, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today, where she’ll reportedly call for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies… » 6/22/15 12:30pm 6/22/15 12:30pm

Hillary Clinton: 'Long Struggle With Race is Far From Finished' 

Earlier today Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at US Conference of Mayors in San Francisco where she addressed the murder of nine people at Charleston’s Emmanuel A.M.E Church. Clinton spoke about the “hard truths of race and justice in America,” and called for “common sense” gun reform measures. » 6/20/15 3:00pm 6/20/15 3:00pm

Here Is What Appears to Be Dylann Roof’s Racist Manifesto

Via Twitter users @HenryKrinkle and @EMQuangel, here is what appears to be Charleston shooter Dylann Roof’s racist manifesto. “The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case,” the author of this document writes. “I can say today that I am completely racially aware.” » 6/20/15 12:25pm 6/20/15 12:25pm

Fox News and Lindsey Graham Lament Hate Crime Against Christians

“If we’re not safe in our own churches, then where are we safe?” Pop quiz: Was the preceding sentence uttered by, a. One of the grieving congregants at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina? Or b. Elizabeth Hasselbeck of Fox and Friends, making the Charleston shooting into “an attack on faith” rather than a… » 6/18/15 4:50pm 6/18/15 4:50pm

Is South Carolina Just Gonna Fly That Confederate Flag Today or What?

South Carolina, a state that thoughtfully welcomes its 19 known hate groups by flying a Confederate flag over the statehouse, is facing a real quandary today. When a white man walks into a black church—a church that was targeted, surveilled and burned down 200 years ago in a period when black churches were prohibited » 6/18/15 11:50am 6/18/15 11:50am