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, and in Charleston, the victims were attending a prayer service in their church, and consider only of 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.”
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