By Ed Wood, staff writer
I believe it was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who expressed the opinion that true racial harmony would come to the South before it comes to the North. The reaction of the people of Charleston, SC, and more specifically, the bereaved family members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where such a heinous crime was committed, may give credence to Dr. King’s assessment.
If we compare the recent Baltimore circumstance to the tragedy in Charleston and forget, for the moment, that the Baltimore incident was triggered by the arrest of a suspected drug dealer while in Charleston, the victims were attending a prayer service in their church—if we do these things and consider only the number of victims, the Charleston incident was at least 9 times worse.
But look at the difference in community reaction. In the northern city of Baltimore, Maryland there was looting, burning, and pillaging. In Charleston, South Carolina there was an outpouring of Christian forgiveness. Or as was stated by one of the bereaved family members, “We are handling it with grace and love, not hatred.”
And their word to the world was:
“Hey Ferguson. Hey Baltimore. This is South Carolina. This is how we do it. We are family. No riots. No looting. Nobody acting like animals. What do you see here? Multi-racial. Multi-ethnic. All colors. All races. Banding together to defeat evil. No Obama. No Sharpton. We don’t need Obama’s patronizing, politicizing attitude. We don’t need Sharpton’s divisive presence. Both of you, STAY AWAY!”
Dr. Alveda King, niece of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it this way: “Evil knows no color. My grandmother, Alberta King, was shot down & killed by a crazed black man while playing the organ in Church.”
But that wasn’t enough for the race hustlers and politicians. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) wanted to use the incident to promote his favorite issue, gun control, “I do not know how much longer we can thwart the views of the American public on taking reasonable gun safety measures.”
Others, remembering the words of Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first Chief of Staff, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Since the bereaved families, specifically and the Charleston community, in general, have demanded that opportunistic carpet-baggers stay out, it has become necessary that professional race-baiters invent some other way to take advantage of this heinous crime.
You know the story. Or at least part of it. The end is not yet in sight.
Politicians are taking over for the race hustlers as all Confederate memorabilia are being banned, from Virginia license tags to Wal-Mart to the emblem on the Dodge Charger toy cars like the real one used in the TV series Dukes of Hazard. Next to be targeted will be the likenesses of historic figures, such as Generals Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with the names of highways, buildings and the like. Even the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument are being questioned, since both Washington and Jefferson are reported to have owned slaves.
The objective, sadly, has nothing to do with erasing the memory of the tragedy that occurred in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. But it has everything to do with dismantling the healing legacy of the postwar South and the current, Conservative political influence that goes with it.
It seems the reaction in Charleston was far too grown up and cordial to suit the tastes of our “post-racial” president.