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Dylann Roof Wants To Plead Guilty In Charleston Shooting Case, Lawyer Says

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal ...

What The South Carolina Shooting Can Teach The Nation About Reacting To Hatred

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Repairing an emotional wound begins with acknowledging the hurt sustained. It further involves learning to rigorously observe our thoughts, become aware of old patterns and interpretations, challenge default assumptions, and, most importantly, choosing to make healing a priority.

Hate Is a Mental Health Issue

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Crime
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Does someone who is mentally healthy commit unprovoked, premeditated murder? This type of overwhelming, all-consuming hatred cannot exist within an emotionally healthy human being.

Hundreds Attend First Funeral For Church Shooting Victims

AP | Jonathan Drew | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance's favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their s...

Both Mississippi Senators Urge State To Change Its Flag In Wake Of Charleston

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both of Mississippi's Republican senators called on the state to change its flag in the aftermath of a horrific shooting at a historic b...

94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect recent church burnings that have occurred in the week since the shooting in Charleston. When Dylann...

The Struggles of Speaking Honestly About Race in America

Julian Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Racism is a direct reference to an enforced racial hierarchy rooted in power and privilege. You can't call black people racist, because black people are not beneficiaries of privilege -- the superiority complex that fuels white supremacy.

Igor Bobic

As Governor, Bill Clinton Kept 'Confederate' Star On Arkansas' Flag

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many Republican presidential contenders say the question of whether to keep the Confederate flag flying outside South Carolina's Stateho...

Sebastian Murdock

Charleston Church Plans To Reopen Amid Vigils For 'The Beautiful 9'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.20.2015 | Black Voices

Charleston, S.C. -- Flowers, candles and tears continue to pour into a crowded street near the church where nine black community members lost thei...

Paige Lavender

Obama: Gun Safety Measures Won't Eliminate Violence, But They Could Save Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke about the need for more gun control during remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. "I refuse to act as if ...

OUTRAGE: Sniper Shoots Down Confederate Flag At S.C. Statehouse

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Douglas Anthony Cooper

In a crime that has outraged locals, a sniper has reportedly shot down the beloved Confederate flag that traditionally graces the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. "This was clearly one very disturbed individual," said Council Chairman Harvey "Harve" Jeffcoat. "And I can tell you with certainty that he does not represent our community."

A Sociologist Weighs In On The Charleston Shooting

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Science

A shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday has shaken the country, leaving many reflecting on the state of ...

Sam Stein

Marco Rubio Backed Measure Seen As Protecting The Confederate Flag In Florida

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a state lawmaker in Florida in 2001, Marco Rubio, now a leading Republican presidential candidate, co-sponsored a bill that would hav...

Families To Roof: 'I Forgive You, And Have Mercy On Your Soul'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell & Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.19.2015 | Crime

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dylann Roof heard his charges -- nine counts of murder -- at his first court appearance in South Carolina on Friday afternoon. ...

How To Help Charleston After Church Shooting

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact

As the Charleston, South Carolina, community grieves the loss of the nine victims who were shot and killed during a bible study class at the Emanuel A...

Paige Lavender

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley: I'm No Proponent Of The Death Penalty But 'No Doubt It Will Be Sought'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

Joe Riley, the mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, said the case of the shooter who killed nine people during a prayer service at a historically blac...

Love And Beauty Always Win -- And Charleston Has Both

Chris Hill | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Chris Hill

This week, nine people were killed, senselessly, in the middle of a church, and in the heart of my favorite city in the world. But we can't forget the idea that love wins -- always -- and so does beauty. And Charleston has both running through it's veins.

Nikki Haley Calls For Charleston Church Shooting Suspect To Get The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for Dylann Roof, the suspect in the shooting of nine people in a historic black church, to receive the deat...

Charleston Shooting Reminds Us of Religion's Intrinsic Connection To Politics

Jack Levison | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church teaches us, at great cost, that politics -- politics done right and righteously -- is actually deeply spiritual. And religion -- religion done right and righteously -- is actually deeply political.

Daniel Marans

How Media Covered A Heinous Attack On A Black Church 50 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

As Americans mourn Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, it's perhaps worth looking back at the co...

History Of Racial Tension Casts A Shadow On Charleston Tragedy

Tracy Fehr | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Tracy Fehr

As the Charleston community comes together in mourning, it is important to also come together to reflect on how such a tragedy could happen in the first place, and what must be done at a larger, societal level to prevent this from happening again.

Here's Why It's Hard To Argue The Charleston Shooting Was Anti-Christian

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

Following the mass shooting Wednesday night at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, some conservatives have suggested that the trage...

15 Photos That Show How The Charleston Community Is Mourning Together

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices

Large crowds gathered in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday to mourn the nine people slain in a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopa...

The Horrific Cannot Become the Routine

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

We have far more in common that we have different. That's what makes our differences so hard to tolerate. And that, more than anything else, is why we need, urgently, to learn how to tolerate the differences.

5 Essential Lessons To Be Learned From The Charleston Mass Shooting

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

I am by no means a minister who is going to tell people who are subject to racism not to be angry. I am, however, going to say that this moment needs our faith. This moment needs our focus. And in spite of this young man's attempt destroy the sanctity of prayer, we need prayer.