President Obama Sings “Amazing Grace”, But Misses the Point

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Perhaps you saw this: At the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, President Obama delivered a stirring eulogy. In the middle of his remarks, the President belted out "Amazing Grace"--singing a capella before being joined by mourners and members of the congregation.Ironically, he sang this verse:Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found-- was blind, bu … [Read more...]

Dylann Roof’s Manifesto Shows Real Hate, Confusion

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Dylann Storm Roof, the white man who allegedly opened fire on worshippers in a historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, had published his "manifesto" before committing the crime. Roof's racist, hate-filled screed was uncovered Saturday morning by Emma Quangel and Henry Krinkle, two Twitter users who discovered the hate-filled webpage called "The Last Rhodesian." According to Yahoo News, the online activists used the Reverse Whois search on … [Read more...]

At Meeting Near Ferguson, Catholic Bishops Approve Statement on Race Relations


Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland:  Two flashpoints in American race relations.. In August 2014, a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who had stolen cigarillos from a convenience store. The shooting sparked unrest in Ferguson, where protests and violence broke out. A grand jury exonerated the officer, citing corroborating evidence from witnesses; but the vigorous debate continues regarding p … [Read more...]