CNN reports that:
“A white man walked into a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire during a Bible study class, killing nine people Wednesday evening.
The suspect was still at large early Thursday morning. And the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South, is being investigated as a hate crime.
“The only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people that were praying is hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.
Eight churchgoers died at the scene; a ninth at a hospital, police said. Among them is the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, according to CNN affiliate WCSC.
Officials wouldn’t say how many people were at the Bible study during the shooting. There were survivors, said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, but he didn’t elaborate.”
Senator Marlon Kimpson also said while talking to reporters that this date is significant because on this date many years ago 9 fire fighters were killed in a fire in a South Carolina fire, and he found it strange that the gun man killed 9 people (6 females and 3 males). He also talked about the gun policy in the South and bad people shouldn’t have access to guns
Is this a hate crime or we call it what it is, a crime against race. A white male kills 9 black people in an African church. I would conclude by saying the world is still not ready to tackle racism..