Washington, DC -- On Wednesday June 17, a white man walked into Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, SC. He asked for the pastor, sat down for bible study and then roughly an hour later, he murdered nine black parishners. While shock waves rippled throughout the world in response to this senseless violence, I stood numb.
Another mass shooting has ended innocent lives and attempted to shatter communities. When will this violence end? When will black people in America be safe? Where can they go to live, celebrate, pray and worship without fear of being targeted?
This country has a long history of violence against black churches, including the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and over 300 other churches that were targeted, attacked, vandalized and terrorized during much of the early 20th century.
On Friday, I had the opportunity to sit down with CCTV America to discuss the recent tragedy and current race relations in the U.S.