Violence, Nonviolence, and the #CharlestonShooting

“So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” (John 19:5-6)

Violence, Nonviolence, and the #CharlestonShooting

In reaction to the Charleston church shooting, Armstrong Williams says church folk need to arm themselves and keep a close eye on visitors to the church.

But what would Jesus do?

Jesus didn’t defend himself, nor did he allow his friend (Peter) to defend him.

Put up your sword Armstrong Williams.

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword, Jesus said.

Break the cycle of violence by imitating Christ and practicing nonviolence.

Armstrong Williams talks about his cousin who was killed in SC –  (See: Church folk “need to arm yourselves” beginning at 4:30)

Following Jesus Into Non-Violence – 

Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrested

“According to witnesses, the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” A survivor told other media outlets that the shooter said, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”…

“In a picture on his Facebook page, he is wearing a jacket with the emblems of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe…”

Read more: Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrested –

The flags in Dylann Roof’s Facebook profile photo are most definitely hate symbols

“After FBI officials identified the suspected shooter in Wednesday’s attack on a historically black church in Charleston as Dylann Roof, news outlets, including Slate, were quick to point out that Roof’s Facebook profile photo features him wearing two emblems of white supremacy: the Rhodesian flag and the flag of Apartheid-era South Africa

“Mark Pitcavage, the director of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, says South Africa is especially important at the moment to hate groups in this nation as well. American white supremacists “have convinced themselves, along with the help of some South African white supremacists, that ‘white genocide’ is actually going on in South Africa and that the rest of the world will follow,” Pitcavage told me…”

Read more: The flags in Dylann Roof’s Facebook profile photo are most definitely hate symbols:

Why would an American white supremacist be fond of Rhodesia?

“After the alleged gunman in the racially motivated terrorist attack on a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina was identified today, a picture of him was found of him wearing a jacket with two defunct national flag patches: Those of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia…”

Rhodesia and South Africa hold an important place in the online forums where neo-Nazis and other white supremacists gather. The experience of the two countries since the end of white rule – particularly the economic and humanitarian basket-case Zimbabwe has become – is held up as proof of the racial inferiority of blacks; and the diminished stature of whites are presented as an ongoing genocide that must be fought. Worries about miscegenation and white “genocide” abound…”

Read more: Why would an American white supremacist be fond of Rhodesia? –

White Genocide Project:

White Genocide signs found near a school in South Carolina –


The violent societal consequences of our government’s use of violence

“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked, and rightly so, “What about Vietnam?” They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent… A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) (emphasis added) (Source)

US Marines in Iraq

US Marines in Iraq

“The message our government sends us, by its own example, is: violence solves problems… Are we really surprised so many young men are using violence to solve their problems?”

Read more: The violent societal consequences of our government’s use of violence 

US Marines in Iraq

US Marines in Iraq

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