I am not ashamed to be white, though many of us can’t see through the thickness of skin, nor am I ashamed to be an American, though we are 20 times more likely to be shot and killed than anyone in any other developed nation.
No, after what happened in Charleston this week – and the way it happened – I am ashamed to be a human being. We are the only species that visits unexplainable atrocity upon each other – even 87-year-old women – simply because of how we look.
I am now, for the first time, beginning to feel hopeless.
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