In lieu of this week’s Weekend Links, where we usually gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, activism, and Interweb images or memes we come across, we will prioritize the Charleston Massacre, in which a white supremacist gunned down 9 Black people in their church in a violent terrorist attack. No assemblage of links placed alongside this horrific slaughter felt appropriate. Instead, we’ve decided to devote this week to remembering the victims of the shooting, and demanding redress.
Remember their Names
Depayne Middleton Doctor
The Rev. Clementa Pinckney
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr.
were all murdered during bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn about their lives and legacies here.
This horror is steeped in centuries of Black blood and white ambivalence towards the disposal of Black lives. Not only does the church where they were murdered carry a history of white violence-Black survival, but more generally Charleston, South Carolina, South Carolina, and the U.S. South have a festering racial wound that has yet been treated.
Understand the history of Black churches in the white supremacist crosshair
Understand that this moment of Black suffering is not new and it will continue as long as this nation is left unaccountable
Listen to Melissa Harris-Perry say what too many media outlets refuse to acknowledge: this massacre was an act of racial terror
Understand the callousness of those who think the murderer was mentally ill, a lone wolf, and not a product of a world where white supremacy is normative
And if the above isn’t enough, start reading through this lengthy #CharlestonSyllabus.
Love and Struggle
The final link I’ll leave you with is one that I’ve shared before, but that I’ve had to turn to many times this week: Black women on survival and critical self-preservation
Love and struggle.