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Confederate Flag Items Pulled from Some Retailers' Inventory

By V. Ortiz

AmazonSome of America’s biggest retailers such as Walmart, eBay, Amazon, and Sears have decided to stop selling merchandise tied to the Confederate flag. The debate regarding the use of the Confederate flag has been intensifying over the last couple of days. On Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stated in a news conference that she supports removing the Confederate flag form the State House. According to CNN , Walmart spokesman Brian Nick said, “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our...

A Man of the People, Senator Clementa Pinckney

By Yolian Ortiz

AMENine Victims in Charleston. An event that has drastically changed South Carolina and put certain symbols and politics in the forefront. Among the nine was a man who strived for change and equality, Senator Clementa Pinckney. If he had survived, he would have made sure that those other eight victims in his congregation had his full attention and support. The Jasper County Delegation Officer, Helen Dills-Pittman, worked closely with Senator Pinckney and knew there was more to him than just politics. “His goal wasn’t to advance this group or that group or this political power or that political...

Seen and Heard at State House Flag Rally: June 23

By Marina Ziehe

FlagSeveral people protested in front of the South Carolina State House yesterday, June 23, asking for the removal of the Confederate battle flag. Senators and leaders, including Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, joined the push to remove the flag. “Take it down now,” said Benjamin. “No bullet can stop this movement, no gunshot can tear it apart.” People asked for the South Carolina General Assembly to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House and take it to a museum. The General Assembly met after the rally and voted 103 to 10 to start discussing whether the Confederate...

Charleston Meets in the Middle

By Katie Geer

CharlestonOn Sunday evening, after a prayer service outside Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church, people gathered at each end of the famous Charleston bridge. Walking together in unity, marchers met in the middle of the bridge, to hold hands and remember the nine who lost their lives in the church shooting that happened during a Bible study meeting on Wednesday, June 17. The walk and hand-holding, meant to symbolize that the city and its many diverse people were united as one in love and support for each other, started at 7:45 as the sun set behind the Holy City. Organizers estimated that over two-thousand...

Emanuel A.M.E. Church Offers First Service After the Tragedy

By V. Ortiz

ChurchOn Sunday, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston offered its first service after the tragedy occurred last Wednesday night, in which nine people were shot dead inside the historical church. The church returned to a house of worship on Sunday, as hundreds of people gathered together to pray, sing hymns and remember the church members who were shot during the shocking mass killing that was classified as a hate crime according to NBC News . Rev. Norvel Goff who delivered the sermon proclaimed, “The doors of the church are open. No evildoer, no demon in hell or on Earth can...

Website Linked with Charleston Shooting Suspect is Being Investigated

By V. Ortiz

PoliceA website discovered on Saturday that contains photographs of Dylann Roof and a racist manifesto is being investigated, since it could be potentially linked to the man charged with the crime. According to The New York Times , the website contains a close look at Roof’s thinking. The site shows a gallery of 60 photographs in which Mr. Roof appears in most of them. The photos show Roof posing with a pistol, waving the Confederate flag, among others. The site also includes a racist manifesto in which the author classifies black as being inferior. The website, called the Last Rhodesian, was...

Historic Churches in Charleston Will Ring Bells in Unity on Sunday

By Kaitlyn Park

ChurchThe Post and Courier reports that many Charleston historic churches will come together on Sunday in remembrance of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting victims. At 10 a.m. the churches will ring their bells in unison, and community members and visitors are welcome to join by ringing personal bells to show their support. Many vigils have and will be held in Charleston and across the nation, but this particular gesture has implicit meaning, as Charleston is often referred to as the “Holy City,” and the victims' lives were taken during the study of scripture. The ringing of the bells will be a...

The Days After: Picking Up the Pieces After the Emanuel A.M.E. Shooting

By Andrea Esselman

FlowersPhoto from Times Enterprise In the days following a mass murder, a tense manhunt and a quick arrest, Charleston residents are left to pick up the pieces. The shooting has added to the list of events spurring the Black Lives Matter movement. Although the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s allowed for much progress in terms of racial equality, many see this event as proof that there is still a mindset of inequality that must be overcome. South Carolina resident Rick Wade, who advised President Obama's campaigns in the state, told the Washington Post , "Certainly there are no attack dogs or...

Charleston Church Shooter Charged with Murder

By S. Simmons

Emanuel9Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, police tweeted Friday. According to CNN , Roof, who was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina on Thursday, confessed to killing nine people in Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to law enforcement officials, Roof told investigators he wanted to start a race war. John Mullins, a former classmate of Roof's, said the suspect would make racist comments and was "kind of wild" but not violent. "I never took it seriously, but now that he shed his...

All Victims of Emanuel A.M.E. Shooting Identified by Charleston Coroner

By Kaitlyn Park

CharlestonThe names and identities of all nine victims of the Wednesday night shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church have been named. Among the fallen are students, librarians and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. State Sen. Pinckney had previously been identified as one of the victims, as the State Legislature remembered the leader Thursday during session. A single rose and a black mourning cloth were placed over his desk. Sen. Katrina Shealy recalls to The State , that Pinckney was the most kind and gentle man in the Senate. State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston called him “the moral conscience of the...

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