This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had “a sick and twisted view of the flag” which did not reflect “the people in our state who respect and in many ways revere it.” If the governor meant that very few of the flag’s supporters believe in mass murder, she is surely right. But on the question of whose view of the Confederate flag is more twisted, she is almost certainly wrong. Continue reading The Meaning of The Confederate Flag and What This Cruel War Was Over
Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina at 8 a.m. this morning. So far, 178,000 people are already out of power in the Palmetto State and authorities have warned of “strong winds and dangerous storm surges.” Matthew is expected to stay on course and reach North Carolina this afternoon.
At this point in history, I think we can all agree that clowns are straight nightmare fuel, from the creepy clowns in horror movies to the creepy clowns that lurk on street corners and in cemeteries across America. There may have been a time when clowns brought joy to the world with their clownish antics, but that is no longer a thing.
Among many other things, General Electric makes the MRI machines that peek inside your body when something’s broke. To do so requires one very cold, very big magnet.
The FBI is investigating four fires that occurred at predominantly black churches in the South in recent days, reports BuzzFeed. A spokesperson confirmed that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working together with local authorities to investigate the culprits and their motives.
What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace. As President Obama led thousands of mourners in Charleston, South Carolina, in “Amazing Grace,” I thought about late 2013 and early 2014. Obama’s Presidency was surely dwindling, if not finished. His mood was sombre, philosophical—which is good if you are a philosopher; if not, not.
The morning after nine people were shot to death Wednesday inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, flowers were laid, black cloth was draped and flags at the state’s Capitol building were lowered to half-staff.