Mitt Romney on Saturday called on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag flying outside its statehouse.
The 2016 Republican presidential field has been mostly silent about the issue. South Carolina's own Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is running for president, has defended the flag as an integral "part of who we are." Presidential contender and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on Saturday said the decision of what to do about the flag was best left up to the people of South Carolina. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed that sentiment Representatives for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) did not return requests for comment.
Shooters of color are called "terrorists" and "thugs." Why are white shooters called "mentally ill"? read more
It would be disproportionate to the magnitude of this tragedy to reach pat conclusions and then move along. We need to mourn first. We need to sit with the rage and pain, and mourn.
But then we have to come back to this...sickness. That's what it feels like to me: a sickness. Not just the one-off malady of an insane individual. But a pervasive, gnawing illness that affects him and others in our country in varying, curious ways....
The question now is: Will we convince ourselves of the delusion that this killer is the only one who is sick? Or will we examine our national conscience and finally take steps to become well?
One of those steps has to be White Americans having an honest conversation about White culture. Yes, White culture.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic: [T]he Confederate battle flag -- the flag of Dylann Roof -- still flies on the Capitol grounds in Columbia [in South Carolina]. The Confederate flag's defenders often claim it represents "heritage not hate." I agree -- the heritage of White Supremacy was not so much birthed by hate as by the impulse toward plunder. That the Confederate flag is the symbol of of white supremacists is evidenced by the very words of those who birthed it. Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now. read more
Pakistan has ordered the temporary suspension of the death penalty during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instructed authorities to respect "the sanctity of the holy month", by observing a moratorium on executions. More than 170 people have been hanged in Pakistan since December. After that, it's Katie bar the door. read more