LETTER: Charleston coverage honored victims’ memories

To the editor:

I would like to commend the Daily Journal on the immediate and continuous coverage of the heartbreaking massacre of innocent lives that took place in Charleston, S.C. on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, shocking the entire world.

When nine unassuming African-Americans, ranging in age from 26 to 87, attended weekly Bible study at the historic “Mother” Emanuel AME Church and were mercilessly slaughtered at the hands of a self-proclaimed racist simply because they were black, you kept this story on the front page of your newspaper daily. As the horror continued to unfold, you gave us accurate and detailed accounts concerning the investigations. I, along with many others, applaud and appreciate your efforts.

Love, compassion, kindness, empathy, trust and respect should not be contingent upon your race. These are gifts we should give to each other because we are all human beings.

That gunman exhibited none of these “gifts,” thus wounding the hearts of many. But he did not succeed in silencing us. People of all races, creeds, colors, genders and stations in life are banding together in unity and love to lift us all up from this sad place, just as you, Daily Journal, have helped to lift up the nine who died to a place of honor.

Many, many thanks!

Charlotte Rhue Bennett