CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Invoking scripture and song, President Barack Obama stood Friday before those grieving the deaths of nine black people slain in church and called on Americans to confront the “uncomfortable truths” of the racial prejudices that still infect American society.
Eulogizing the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Obama said it would be a betrayal of everything the pastor stood for “if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on.”
He pleaded with Americans not “to go back to business as usual.”
Obama, in his 40-minute address, spoke movingly of all that Pinckney had done in his life, then confronted the hard questions raised by his death and the deaths of eight others slain by a white man.
He said it was time to remove the Confederate flag from American flagpoles, saying that action would “not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers” but an acknowledgement that “the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong,” as were the imposition of Jim Crow laws after the Civil War and further resistance to civil rights efforts.
Removing the flag, he said, “would be one step …read more
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