The word terrorism has been widely avoided at all costs it seems in the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina last night at a historical black church, killing nine people including a state senator.
While it has been called a hate crime by law enforcement and the president, others have tried to play down the role of race and make the case that the shooter, Dylann Roof was trying to attack religion.
Yet in an email to supporters, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did not shy away from calling the crime what it is.
What transpired in Charleston, South Carolina, last night was not just a tragedy, it was an act of terror.
Nine of our fellow Americans were murdered while praying in a historic church because of the color of their skin. This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust, and a deep, deep sadness.
This hateful killing is a horrific reminder that, while we have made important progress in civil rights for all of our people, we are far from eradicating racism.
While the conservative media and conservative politicians are trying to downplay a race driven motive, it is good to see that some politicians will not shy away from the discussion of race that scares this country to death.
The longer we pretend the US is not crippled by systematic racism, the longer it will be before we can start moving towards that all important goal of a post-racist America.
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