“All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”
This is the most difficult essay I have ever written it is also the most gruesome story I know of, not since the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing killing four small black girls has a hate crime held such utter revulsion and extreme disgust. I feel sick to my stomach at many parts of my own essay here. Nevertheless I press on and tell the whole story which many still do not know. first off let me say, JUNETEENTH played a major role in this horrible, horrible crime.
On June 17th 2015 Dylann Roof did the unthinkable and the evil that lives in him is beyond all imaginations of human decency.
Myra Thompson led the prayer group of the parable of the sower in Mark, Chapter 4– “The sower soweth the word…but Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
The prayer group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church came together at 8:00 P.M.
At 8:20 P.M. Dylann Roof entered the historic black church wearing a bulging black fanny pack.
Inside the fanny pack there was a .45-caliber Glock pistol and seven fully loaded magazine clips.
Dylann Roof took a seat right next to Reverend and South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney.
Reverend Pinckney handed Dylann Roof a Bible.
Thiry-five minutes later as the parishioners eyes were closed for the benediction Dylann Roof removed his .45-caliber Glock pistol and he took aim at Reverend Clementa Pinckney and shot him three times at point blank range.
Dylann Roof then pointed his deadly weapon at 87-year old Susie Jackson and he shot her more than ten times!
Each victim of his assault was hit repeatedly and at the very end of this gruesome slaughter close to eighty shell casings littered the floor of Mother Emanuel.
Two women who survived the massacre said that Reverend Clementa Pinckney managed to run twenty feet toward the office door in which his wife, Jennifer and his six year-old daughter Malana were.
Reverend Clementa Pinckney collasped before reaching the door which protected his family.
“AND I ONLY AM ESCAPED ALONE TO TELL THEE.”
Dylann Roof went out the back door of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church casually walking back to his car, then driving off into the night. The next morning, 250 miles away in the town of Shelby, North Carolina, Dylann Roof was pulled over by local police and arrested.
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED:
1.) Why did Dylann Roof target Emanuel African Methodist Church?
2.) How did Dylann Roof pick that church?
3.) How did Dylann Roof know what time to go there?
4.) Why did Dylann Roof kill on June 17th and not June 30th?
5.) Why is the date of these killings so important?
6.) Why did Dylann Roof kill reverend Clementa Pinckney first?
7.) Was Dylann Roof a programed assassin?
8.) Did JUNETEENTH serve as motivation for the killings and that they take place on June 17th?
9.) What is JUNETEENTH?
JUNETEENTH or June 19th is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed.
JUNETEENTH serves as a historical milestone to remind all Americans of the long hard battle for Black Americans to get their freedom and end slavery.
Each year JUNETEENTH is a festival of which African Americans come together to observe and reflect the
FACTS ABOUT EMANUEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH:
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church dates back to 1791 when a group of free blacks and slaves came together to form the church. In 1822 Denmark Vesey one of the original church founders and former slave, ploted a major slave revolt, white slave owners found out about the revolt and they arrested Denmark Vessey and 34 others and all were executed by the white slave owners. After Denmark Vesey was killed Black Churches were outlawed, forcing blacks to meet and hold church services in secret. Finally when the Civil War ended (1865) the church took on the name,
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church; the church has occupied it’s current space since 1891 and is the most historic Black Church in America.
On Tuesday, January 3rd 2017 almost two-years after the massacre a jury of nine whites and three blacks found Dylann Roof guilty on 33 counts, then Judge Richard M. Gergel imposed a sentence of death to one Dylann Roof.
Days before sentencing Dylann Roof’s mother, Amy Roof cried out loudly,
Shouting at the top of her lungs,
“I’M SORRY! I’M SORRY!!! I’M SORRY!!!!
She waved her arms. She jumped up and down.
She collaped to the floor and did suffer a heart attack.
Dylann Roof never turned around to see or look to his mother, the very woman who brought him into the world.
No, he looked straight on hate etched in his eyes and his face never held any remorse.
Nine innocent and peaceful Black Americans were killed simply because of the color of their skin and their African heritage.
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