But I Forgive You….

‘I Will Never Be Able to Hold Her Again, But I Forgive You.’ was the 6-column headline for the New York Times story on Saturday, June 20 with the subhead Raw Emotion as Victims’ Kin Address Charleston Suspect.  “It was as if the Bible study had never ended as one after another, victims’ family members offered lessons in forgiveness, testaments to a faith that is not compromised by violence or grief,” wrote Nikita Stewart and Richard Perez-Pena in one of a half-dozen articles relating to the Charleston massacre.

For those who may not have seen the New York Times coverage, here is a link to that day’s articles. .

Black Church is Target Again for Deadly Strike at the Heart, by Rachel L. Swarns and Campbell Rogertson

Outrage vs Tradition, Wrapped in a High-Flying Flag of Dixie, by Alan Blinder and Manny Fernandez

Steeped in Racial History, Charleston Ponders Future After Massacre, by Richard Fausset

Returning Home to Console, Lindsey Graham Joins the Mourning, by Ashley Parker, who quotes the Senator in this telling observation on white privilege:

“The importance of the end of segregation,” he said, “could not be overstated. It’s not just for a black family to go to a better school,” he said.”It’s for white kids at an early age to understand that merit and leadership are not unique to one group.” 

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