By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Whenever a white supremacist commits a sick crime against the Black community, there are so many people within the Black community quick to forgive. That’s right; they will come on television and say ‘we forgive you’ and never really address the crime committed. Sadly, this doesn’t really help the white supremacist or other hate groups in feeling better. As a matter of fact, they feel more empowered to commit senseless crimes because they know their actions will not be met with violence. Why? Because they know people are more concerned with forgiveness.
Just about everyone remembers Dylann Roof – the sick white racist who killed nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Walking into the church during a Wednesday night Bible study, Roof was greeted with love by those nine members, however, he wasn’t expressing that same love in return. After the study, Roof opened fire and killed innocent people. It was premeditated. Let’s just call it what was -demonic.
Roof was tried and convicted. He received nine consecutive life sentences and three consecutive 30-year sentences. Is Roof remorseful? Absolutely not.
When Roof’s father visited him in prison, he questioned his son’s actions. Bossip provided a transcript of the conversation during Roof’s competency hearing:
“What’s wrong with you, son? You’ve got to be kidding me. Don’t do something stupid. You’ve already done enough!”
The young Roof told his mother that he was keeping his lawyers around so that he could abuse them and fire them at a later date. If this is not bad enough, Roof says that the families of the victims should get over it.
As long as white racist individuals like Roof continue to speak out such hatred and contempt for people of color, this country will never heal. In addition to that, they are so many people who continue to support this sick man with his irrational thinking.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org