We all probably remember Dylan Roof and won’t be able to get his disgusting name out of our heads. Especially if we’re black.
Dylann Roof walked into the historically black church Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015 and killed 9 black church members and injured another one. After he was arrested, he told officials that his intentions were to start a race war. Roof had a website that contained photos of him sporting symbols of Neo-Nazism and white supremacy. Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He will also face federal hate crime charges, meaning that he faces the death penalty. His sentencing, if convicted, is set to begin in January. Where he will be defending himself, instead of a lawyer.
God willing, he will be charged, and we will never have to hear about him again after that.
I’m not looking forward to Dylann Roof’s case at all. Sure, if the justice system does its job, he’ll get what he deserves, but by the time his trial rolls around it will be a year and a half since his attrocious actions shook our very cores. A year and a half later when black America has to relive his heinous crime over and over again because best believe every news and media outlet will be covering this trial, just like they covered the trial of George Zimmerman. We will have to watch this psychopath try to justify his reasoning for taking the lives of nine innocent black people. And if we don’t want to be bothered by the constant updates, we will have to try and dodge articles and headlines on our Facebook Newsfeeds and Twitter Timelines. And when that becomes too much, we might want to take a break from social media and make a conscious decision to avoid it. This mean that once again the actions of a white supremacist monster are dictating our actions in order for us to protect our mental health.
Roof’s sentencing case will begin 3 days before we are set to officially inaugurate a President-elect who has inspired the same hatred, bigotry, and vileness that fueled the reprehensible actions of this monster. It’s a common thing to say that words don’t hurt us. We all know the famous saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and I’m sure at this point in time, a lot of us know that this isn’t true. Words do hurt.
Words can inspire the same hatred and violence enacted on the innocent black members of the Emanueal AME Church.
Dylann Roof’s case is about to re-open the deep wound that cut through America on that day. The same numbness as details are rehashed over and over again will return. The feeling of desperation will probably resurface. The anger and disdain for those who hate us for no reason and those who ignore our pain out of convenience will shoot back up. This is natural. This is the same reaction we have every time an unnecessary death by police happens.
I want Dylann Roof to be delivered justice, but I am in no way looking forward to January 17th, 2017. I know it’s a long shot, but I truly hope that the media will focus on the closure of the families who lost somebody on that tragic day and not on the backstory of this sick miscreant.
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