Regarding the massacre of those innocent souls in South Carolina, I am experiencing a number of conflicting emotions, ranging from anger to confusion. Mostly, I am beset with a deep sadness — sadness for the victims, the killer and our country, as well as for our collective souls.

Why would a young man feel the need to kill other humans simply because of the color of their skin; why would he select a sacred place of worship to carry out his demonic deed; and why would we treat this heinous act as a one-off event by a crazed individual? 

There is something deeper going on here. My response to these questions is that this young man, and many others like him, have been radicalized by white terrorist organizations and hate groups operating under the cover of “freedom of speech.”

The slaughter in Charleston cannot be viewed as just another mass killing, carried out by a demented individual. This was, pure and simple, a terrorist attack — reminiscent of the 1963 bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that took the lives of four little black girls. Put bluntly, black people have been and continue to be subjected to state-sponsored or state-ignored terrorist attacks.

For example, even though the FBI had evidence in 1965 that the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing had been committed by four known Ku Klux Klansmen and segregationists (read: domestic terrorists), it took 14 years (1977) before anyone was prosecuted. Even more appalling is the fact only three of the four terrorists were ever convicted — one in 1977 and two others in 2001 and 2002, respectively. In fact, one of the alleged terrorists was never charged and died of natural causes in 1994. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Historically, the Klan has been romanticized and admired by many mainstream politicians, including Harry S Truman. Even more revealing of their reach were the huge Klan rallies held “Up North.” It is an undeniable fact that the State of Indiana was a Klan stronghold. A huge march was even held in Washington D.C., our capital city. 

Why, you might ask, do I harken back to, or dredge up, such factoids? Well, because much of today’s narrative is about ISIS propaganda and how it is being used to radicalize young people. However, too many white youths are still being radicalized by the Klan and other nefarious hate groups in America. So while we point a finger at today’s so-called global terrorist organizations, three of our fingers are pointing back at us.

In my opinion, all crimes involving the killing of another human being is a hate crime. But killing people just because they are black, Jewish or different has a genocidal stain attached that cannot be ignored. 

Now is the time to admit that blacks are not imagining things — that our elderly and young must be permitted to worship and live out the rest of their lives without fear of indiscriminate slaughter.

And, by the way, I consider black-on-black crime committed by vicious inner-city gangs to be another terrorist threat. It doesn’t matter if it’s Iraq or “Chiraq,” children and adults should be considered non-combatants. The law-abiding and hardworking blacks trapped in urban reservations must be guaranteed the quality of life that we in our cloistered suburbs take for granted. 

As others have said in different words, I believe there is no external enemy strong enough to take us down. 

If America falls, it will be an inside job. 

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