Some days seem incomprehensible. Today is one of those days. A senseless act of violence robbed nine people, engaging in a bible study class, of their lives last night at Emanuel AME Church.
Words are inadequate. How can we explain and understand the hatred and cruelty that took, much too soon, the lives of a librarian, a state senator, a minister, a speech therapist, a business student, and church workers? Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman, Depayne Middleton, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, and Susie Jackson join the list of victims of gun violence, racism, and hatred. All told, nine people died in Emanuel last night.
While we mourn for the victims, their families need practical help, justice, and love. As awful as this tragedy is, it offers everyone in the Charleston community an opportunity to come together and unite, opposing racism, hatred, and violence.
Charleston’s Mayor Joe Riley began offering practical help for the victims’ families by donating $5,000.00 from Charleston’s city coffers to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. The fund was set up at Wells Fargo Centers where individuals can drop off donations. A web page to accept donations, MotherEmanuelHopeFund.com, has been created and will be functional tomorrow. Donate your time and your money. Offer your heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Listen. Be kind.