American Rage

 My childhood church was on Dylann Roof’s short list.

During his trial, it was revealed that Roof had conducted research about churches in South Carolina’s Richland County and identified five possible targets for his murderous rampage. He later selected Charleston, in part because he had heard that the city had a large Black population. The potential for mass bloodshed and the creation of a lasting sense of terror appealed to his depraved mind. So he traveled... 

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