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I was prepared to write about Brian Williams not returning to the anchor chair at NBC Nightly news, which means Lester Holt is the first African American solo anchor of an evening broadcast network news program, ever.

That’s quite an accomplishment.

Congratulations to Lester.

It is well deserved.

Let’s wish him the very best.

But as a first rate newsman Lester would understand that the news comes first.

So, I must report to you on the very disturbing and sad breaking news coming out of Charleston, South Carolina.

While we were sleeping, a gunman apparently went into one of the oldest African, Methodist and Episcopal churches in the South and opened fire.

Nine people are dead because of it.

The gunman is still on the loose.

One reason it’s such a big story is because the Charleston Police Chief, Greg Mullen, says he believes the shooting was a hate crime.

The suspect is a young white man in his twenties, approximately 5’9″ tall, sandy blonde hair, last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and Timberland boots.

Police say the gunman went into the Emanuel AME Church during a prayer service around 9 o’clock last night, joined the prayer service and began shooting.

The pastor of the church, the Reverend Clementa Pickney, is believed to be among the dead.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was supposed to make campaign stops in Charleston today but has since cancelled.

The entire thing is just awful, on so many levels.

It’s awful because of the lives lost.

It’s awful because if it is indeed a racial hate crime, it sets us that much further back with race relations in this country, right at a time we’re dealing with it so often in relations to police and their interactions with black people.

It’s awful because if it is a religious hate crime it is one more attack on religion and Christians in this country.

It’s awful because it highlights just how ill equipped we are in dealing with the mentally ill in this country.

It’s awful because it confirms to us just how poorly we’ve dealt with issues and laws concerning firearms in this country.

It’s awful because many of us have failed to realize that we need to take care of the aforementioned issues.

Our lives depend on it.

Nine lives were lost because of it.

God speed.


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12 thoughts on “Don Lemon: S.C. Church Shooting — Racial Or Religious Hate Crime?

  1. I believe it was both a racial and religious hate crime. This POS went into a church prayer meeting, spent an hour with these people who were probably opening up their hearts to him and ministering to fellow believers. They were at their most vulnerable point with their guards down when he opens fire on them … Very sad day. My heart goes out to all the families who suffered losses today.

  2. George on said:

    As a hardcore racist, he hates the blending of the races and taking back our country is the rallying cry of those same racist who hate the thought of the nation’s first black president.

  3. jlulia m on said:

    He said before he shot them “i have to kill you, you rape our woman and you are taking over our country” So what do you think it was about………

  4. George on said:

    It’s a racial hate crime, influenced by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the many voices on the far right who dog our first black president to no end! And what about his parents?!

  5. Linda on said:

    The complexion of this country is changing and White folks due to their insecurity are feeling threatened by this!

    Some have yet to get over the fact that we have had an African American man and his beautiful family in the “White House.”

    In addition, due to the state of the economy everyone is in competition for their share of the same piece of pie it is no wonder that ugly incidents like this occur.

    Also, the NRA has allowed way too many REDNECKS/CRAZIES access to GUNS!
    Since nothing in the US Consitution pretains to people of color-I wonder if we also have that same
    right to bear arms?

    None the less, I am considering purchasing my weapon of choice so when the revolution comes I will be ready!

  6. Linda on said:

    special t757*–From what I just heard this morning on the TJMS this POS actually entered the church and was amongst the people that he would open fire on and kill.

    If that ain’t pure dam HATE I don’t know what else is!!!!!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      You’re right, this scum was pure EVIL. He sat there and listened to the word and had HATE in his heart the whole time. smh. He’s probably meeting with his KLAN brothers now, mission accomplished.

    • D. Caldwell on said:

      Why was “mentally ill” mentioned in this article? How do you know this person is mentally ill? When white people kill black people the first thing mentioned is mental illness, why? When the black man killed all those people in the mansion nobody said anything about mental illness. Does that excuse him killing these people? Watch the media!

  7. specialt757 on said:

    I agree Linda it is basically irrelevant which type of hate crime. Although I believe it was a RACE related hate crime. If he were targeting Christians he could have carried his evil plan out in any white church in SC there were plenty to choose from. This is so sickening and I hope they do not take him alive, he deserves even worse fate than the people he murdered in cold blood. I hope his in 10 times (9 times plus the number injured) more painful.

  8. You Know Who This Is on said:

    If you were a 1st rate journalist then you would know to simply report the news and not try to push your own agenda through this tragedy. Dumb@$$ Don.

  9. Linda on said:

    Excuse me Don but when a person specifically targets a group of people based on their complexion it is PURE HATE!!

    This POS entered a church-God’s house to do his ugly deed. He knew this was a church where the
    congregation was predominately African American!

    It is irrelevant whether this incident was based on race or religion!

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