How Should Community Colleges Respond to Charleston?
June 21, 2015
Our hearts are broken. How can words possibly respond to the ongoing butchering of precious Black lives? The heartless and horrific terrorism visited upon our brothers and sisters at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist invoked the historical rhetoric of lynching and the global signifiers of European imperialism. Dylann Roof is part of a movement and culture that is an integral part of the fabric not just of America’s past but also its present. Roof’s ideology and stated justifications reflect a virulent mix of white entitlement and resentment, male sexual anxiety, and the willingness to use obscene violence in response to Obama’s presidency and the demands for dignity and justice put forth by the profound “#Black Lives Matter” grassroots social movement . . .