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The Face Of Terrorism

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“Mother Emanuel” A.M.E. Church History

The history of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church reflects the development of religious institutions for African Americans in Charleston. Dating back to the fall of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richard Allen founded the Free African Society, adhering to the Doctrines of Methodism established by John Wesley. In 1816, black members of Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal church withdrew over disputed burial ground, and under the leadership of Morris Brown. The Rev. Morris Brown organized a church of persons of color and sought to have it affiliated with Allen’s church. Three churches arose under the Free African Society and were named the “Bethel Circuit”. One of the Circuit churches was located in the suburbs of Ansonborough, Hampstead, and Cow Alley, now known as Philadelphia Alley in the French Quarters of Charleston. Emanuel’s congregation grew out of the Hampstead Church, located at Reid and Hanover Streets.

In 1822 the church was investigated for its involvement with a planned slave revolt. Denmark Vesey, one of the church’s founders, organized a major slave uprising in Charleston. Vesey was raised in slavery in the Virgin Islands among newly imported Africans. He was the personal servant of slavetrader Captain Joseph Vesey, who settled in Charleston in 1783. Beginning in December 1821, Vesey began to organize a slave rebellion, but authorities were informed of the plot before it could take place. The plot created mass hysteria throughout the Carolinas and the South. Brown, suspected but never convicted of knowledge of the plot, went north to Philadelphia where he eventually became the second bishop of the AME denomination.

During the Vesey controversy, the AME church was burned. Worship services continued after the church was rebuilt until 1834 when all black churches were outlawed. The congregation continued the tradition of the African church by worshipping underground until 1865 when it was formally reorganized, and the name Emanuel was adopted, meaning “God with us”. The wooden two-story church that was built on the present site in 1872 was destroyed by the devastating earthquake of August 31, 1886. The present edifice was completed in 1891 under the pastorate of the Rev. L. Ruffin Nichols. The magnificent brick structure with encircling marble panels was restored, redecorated and stuccoed during the years of 1949-51 under the leadership of the Rev. Frank R. Veal. The bodies of the Rev. Nichols and his wife were exhumed and entomed in the base of the steeple so that they may forever be with the Emanuel that they helped to nurture.

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This is why people are outraged, frustrated, and disgusted by what Rachel Dolezal did and continues to do. Blackness is not a goddamned costume. You can’t wash away Blackness when the day is over. Blackness is trying to navigate a world where you could be murdered at any time because of the color of your skin. If you aren’t disgusted or turned off by what she did, there is something fundamentally wrong with you

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Tell us more about how America has “overcome racism,” Bernie Sanders

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What domestic terrorism looks like

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Wearing apartheid era South African flag. This was a planned and deliberate massacre

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Of course. What do you give a racist for his birthday? A gun

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83 Responses to “The Face Of Terrorism”


  1. 1 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

    AMERIKKKA 2015

  2. 2 GGail
    June 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

    He was heard saying, “You’re raping our women, taking over this country, I have to do it” as he reloaded several times

  3. 4 Vicki
    June 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

    We have to stop this.
    By enacting laws.
    Bans.
    Whatever it will take.

  4. June 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thank you so much Nerdy, what a ****ed up country.

  5. 6 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I did want to bring over this GREAT news… Thank you. President Obama. Always.

  6. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

  7. June 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Re-posting from previous post
    idon
    June 18, 2015 at 2:30 am
    Think Obama administration, the creame de la creame of any management system. So here’s what’s likely happening. The President was notified shortly after the police learned one of the dead was a state senator. The state senator’s murder is considered an assassination. DHS Secretary and AG Lynch were also notified, prior to PBO. They have all had at least one conference call. FBI and DHS folks are on the ground. You can also expect the NSA is involved, which means they know who he is and probably his general location. They know about his family and friend connections, his criminal record, his mental health and school history and work history. They have also identified any others who may have helped facilitate his act of terrorism. THey have tracked his movement sover the last 72 hours. Those who have learned PBO know that he always works with his cards close to the vest until he has sufficient information to act or speak. I imagine his speech writers are working right now to prepare his statement as well as one for AG Lynch. I trust PBO in all things and under all circumstances.

  8. 12 GGail
    June 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Police were scouring on Thursday morning for a white man who gunned down nine people at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, as chilling details emerged about the horrific attack.

    Authorities said the shooter, identified as Dylann Roof, arrived at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church nearly an hour before opening fire Wednesday night. He asked for the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, and sat next to him during a Bible study meeting, a survivor later told one of Pinckney’s cousins.

    “At the conclusion of the Bible study, from what I understand, they just start hearing loud noises ringing out,” cousin Sylvia Johnson told NBC affiliate WIS-TV, “and he had already wounded — the suspect already wounded a couple of individuals.”

    She said one of those people was Pinckney, a 41-year-old married father of two and Democratic member of the state Senate.

    The female survivor told Johnson that the gunman reloaded five different times and that her son was trying to “talk him out of doing the act of killing people.”

    But he wouldn’t listen, she said.

    “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go,” the shooter told the group, according to the survivor’s account to Johnson.

  9. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Under siege in this country.

    • 14 No Child Left Behind
      June 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Good Morning TODVille,

      Yeap. Just a lone innocent kid of 21 years old who is probably confused. A loner.

      Another day, another shooting of innocent people.

  10. 15 Vicki
    June 18, 2015 at 10:43 am

    How do you do this, Nerdy? Under emergency stress conditions. I am in awe and thank you.

  11. 16 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Seriously.

  12. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    June 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning TOD.

    What a sad ending to my families time at the beach.

    To the Neanderthal that places no value on life:

    My heart is heavy again today
    As more brothers & sisters are ripped away
    The hate that has encompassed this great Nation
    Leaves me weeping for more & more passing’s
    My fight is for the generations I’ll leave behind
    Nothing and no one will change my mind
    Their lives are worth the sacrifice & pain
    For every eight you knock down, many thousands remain
    So you got your sick few minutes of fame
    In the end you only strengthened the blood in our veins.

    Author, Me

    #BlackLivesMatter

  13. 22 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Wonder if the brainiacs on the SC will see the error of their ways now? NAH. Just hoping….

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/06/18/3671107/two-years-ago-supreme-court-said-isnt-enough-racism-justify-voting-rights-act/

  14. 23 amk for obama
    June 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Spot on tweets, ut. Violence and racism are the basic dna of murkkka.

  15. June 18, 2015 at 10:53 am

    My heart aches. Those who claim that racism is dead are in denial. Are lawmakers feeling any remorse for the laws that make it easy for these massacres to occur?!?!? Do the media and those who speak the code words that unleash hatred and paranoia feel any guilt/shame when their actions/language result in these unspeakable crimes?!?!?!?

  16. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    June 18, 2015 at 10:53 am

    A little hope/encyclical du jour about “Sister Mother Earth” from Pope Francis:

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/it/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

  17. 30 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Yes. It’s started. Poor little racist lost his way…

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/06/18/3671167/church-shooting-suspect-identified-dylan-storm-roof/

    Reuters reports that the uncle of the 21-year-old suspect was given a gun for his birthday, a .45-caliber pistol. The uncle, Carson Cowles, came forward when he recognized the photo police distributed and described his nephew as “quiet and soft-spoken.”

  18. 31 amk for obama
    June 18, 2015 at 10:56 am

    via bbc

    South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is running for president, has just released a statement, saying: “Our sense of security and well-being has been robbed and shaken.”

    oh really? whose sense of security and well-being, you motherfucker?

  19. June 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

  20. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

  21. June 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

    11:45 EDT: President Obama will make a statement on the #CharlestonShooting

  22. 39 desertflower
    June 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/06/18/charleston-suspect-is-dylann-roof.html

    The FBI has named Dylann Storm Roof, 21, of Columbia, South Carolina, as the suspected killer of nine people at a black church in Charleston. Roof was previously arrested on April 26 on a trespassing charge and was awaiting moderation. Roof was also recently arrested for possession of a controlled substance on March 3 in Lexington County. A sparse Facebook page shows an image of Roof in a jacket with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

    Look at these arrest dates. His birthday is in April sometime…but on March 3 he was arrested for drug possession! So the dad thinks, ” I think I’ll get Dylann a gun for his 21st birthday! He’s so responsible and I think he can handle the responsibility.” What the holy hell was he thinking!!??

  23. June 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

    President Obama will make a statement at the WH before departing for California.

  24. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    The media is complicit in the killing, murder, and massacre of black people in this country

    • 42 No Child Left Behind
      June 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

      I didn’t guess that he would be “quiet and soft-spoken” but knew that he was just a 21-year old confuse teenager. A little loner. A good kid, really.

  25. 43 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Yet the didn’t stop TX, AR, etc from killing low IQ inmates?

  26. 44 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

  27. 45 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

  28. June 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

    AG Lynch just held a briefing. I didn’t catch it but there should be video soon.

  29. 47 No Child Left Behind
    June 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Justices rule for Texas in dispute over Confederate flag license plates

    The Supreme Court upheld Texas’ refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge. The court said in a 5-4 ruling that Texas can limit the content of license plates because they are state property and not the equivalent of bumper stickers.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-rule-for-texas-in-dispute-over-license-plate/2015/06/18/ad8d072e-15c5-11e5-8457-4b431bf7ed4c_story.html?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation

    • 48 Vicki
      June 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

      If I am reading this right it outlaws Confederate Flags on license plates.
      I want to see a nation-wide ban on Any public display of the Confederate Flag.
      A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

  30. 49 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    • 50 desertflower
      June 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Gee…wonder if his family is scratching their head wondering how this happened ….they ALLOWED it to happen. That’s how.

    • 51 amk for obama
      June 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

      But he is a nice and quite boy, donthcha know? The amount of literal white washing from the msm is disgusting.

    • 52 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      June 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

      SICK BASTARD…ROT IN HELL WITH THE REST OF YOUR CONFEDERATE BLACK HATING FRIENDS!

  31. 53 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    In_Deed.

    • 54 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      June 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

      THE REPORTS BY SPLC ARE HORRENDOUS REGARDING HATE GROUPS IN THIS COUNTRY AND NEO NAZIS ARE REALLY POPULAR IN GREEK PARLIAMENT…LOOK IT UP!

  32. 55 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    The Murderous Terrorist is caught, per CNN

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      June 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Just saw that, too.

      Here’s the problem, RWNJ America. Put a gun in everybody’s home and a murderous terrorist is bound to get his hands on it. It’s not rocket science. Hatred + guns = murder, terrorism. And more broken hearts for everyone else.

  33. June 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    ARRESTED in Shelby, NC. Let justice begin.

  34. 58 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

  35. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 11:23 am

    • 63 misspat
      June 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Forgive me Lord but all I wanted was for someone to go find nine of his family members and take them out but then I realized that we can’t do that. That’s not the way. But it’s hard, very hard for us to stay peaceful but we have to.

  36. June 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I find myself teetering between anger and tears and I can’t even think straight. My thoughts are in knots.

    • 65 donna dem 4 obama
      June 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

      I’m right there with you meta. Sometimes this world we live in disgusts me. This is one of those moments.

  37. June 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Failing to pass common sense gun legislation gives license to domestic terrorism. IMO, this also opens doors and lays the mental framework that allows terrorists [like ISIS] to *successfully* recruit.

  38. 68 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • 69 misspat
      June 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Yep, they took him in without a scratch. They didn’t gun him down. Now let’s see how they spin this. He was mentally sick, struggling for years, just a lonely soft spoken guy from a well respected family.

  39. 70 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

  40. June 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I think this hits home for so many reasons that are obvious. But, bottom line, this could have been our Mother, our Grandmother, our Uncles, Grandfathers, Daddys. How many of us have dropped off family members or friends at Bible Study, told them, ‘I have to run an errand, but I’ll be back to get you.’ How many of us would think twice if Mama or Grandma told you, ‘ Oh, I’ll just take the baby with me to Bible Study’. It would never occur to us that this would happen. Not only that, but not one of us is surprised that they welcomed this young man into Bible Study with them, because we know that’s what they would do.

    I just can’t with the phuckery today. I have no patience for it.

  41. 72 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    June 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I AM SO GLAD HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED…NEWS CONFERENCE SOON AND MSN SAID PBO IS ALSO GOING TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS!

  42. 73 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Captured alive………Let that SINK in a Minute……..

  43. June 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    So glad they have caught the poor excuse of a human being in Shelby NC. What is so scary is there are others like him out there.

  44. June 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Chips, here’s the link for PBO’s statement:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-statement-shooting-south-carolina

    My heart is so heavy for him.

  45. June 18, 2015 at 11:32 am

    this just hits hard. so hard. hard to fight back the tears.

  46. 78 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

  47. 79 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

  48. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

  49. 82 Nena20409
    June 18, 2015 at 11:37 am


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