Posted by: Candace
September 16, 1963 the 16th street Baptist church is bombed killing 4 innocent young black girls. Fast forward to 2015, a 21 year old white boy enters a predominately and historically black church in Charleston, SC to attend bible study, or so they thought. After bible study he opens fire and kills 9 innocent black people. A few weeks later 6 black churches across the south are burned down.
In Charleston the domestic terrorist that murdered nine people said his intention was to start a race war. Yet, the opposite happened. People of all races joined together to express their condolences and pray. Many from around America attended the funerals of the deceased to show their support. A library was named after one victim because she had worked there for so many years. The BET Awards even showed the photos of those whose lives were lost during a tribute.
Yet, over 50 years later, the black church is still a target. Regardless of your religion, the black church is thought of as a symbol of hope, a gathering place for family & friends, and a place for worship. Though the black church is not being targeted due to their religion, but because of the members ethnicity.
It is beyond sad that this is still going on today. Something has to change. Our black lives matter and people have the right to worship without fear.