It's been a year since a gunman walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat with a prayer group before opening fire, killing nine black parishioners. As the world learned more about the man charged with the crime, Dylann Roof, and his racist manifesto, the nation, and particularly the South, tried to come to terms with the virulent racism that appeared to have inspired the attacks and the symbols associated with Roof and his toxic beliefs. Almost immediately, the Confederate battle flag, still a common symbol throughout Charleston and the region 150 years after the Civil War, was singled out as a symbol of the sort of violent racism in which Roof's beliefs were rooted. Dylann Roof before he killed 9 people. While supporters of the emblem claim it as a symbol of their Civil War heritage, it has also been a painful reminder of institutionalized racism and violence against African Americans that has been perpetrated under that banner.
Jun-17-2016, 13:35:08 GMT