According to Matt Ford at The Atlantic, the Charleston, South Carolina, church where a white gunman murdered nine people was

The oldest black church south of Baltimore, and one of the most storied black congregations in the United States, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church’s history is deeply intertwined with the history of African American life in Charleston. Among the congregation’s founders was Denmark Vesey, a former slave who was executed in 1822 for attempting to organize a massive slave revolt in antebellum South Carolina. White South Carolinians burned the church to the ground in response to the thwarted uprising; along with other black churches, it was shuttered by the city in 1834. The church reorganized in 1865, and soon acquired a new building designed by Robert Vesey, Denmark’s son; the current building was constructed in 1891. It has continued to play a leading role in the struggle for civil rights.

Maybe others remembered him as well, though it might just be a coincidence that “the clean-shaven white man about 21 years old with sandy blond hair and wearing a gray sweatshirt, bluejeans and Timberland boots” chose the anniversary of Vesey’s preempted revolt to massacre nine members of the congregation Vesey founded.

Or maybe history, along with white supremacy, is just cunning that way.

Continue reading:  The Charleston Massacre and the Cunning of White Supremacy

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4 thoughts on “The Charleston Massacre and the Cunning of White Supremacy

    • It’s an obvious double-standard. If the U.S. government and law enforcement agencies came down as hard on white supremacists as they do on Muslim extremists, there would be pandemonium across the country. America is still a nation of bigots, racists, xenophobes, and Christian fanatics.

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  1. Sounds just like N Ireland. But when govts use scare tactics like “terrorism” to erode civil liberties I think they should be called out on their failures. Attacking a church is terrorism, as in mosques are prime terrorist targets in the Muslim world. And black churches attacked in the past. The govt shouldn’t be allowed to alter the meaning of words to side step their failures. They sold everyone on “terrorism” so how with all their surveillance and locking up people in case they think they might commit a crime in the future, such as Patrick McLaw they missed this guy? His MO was similar to the John Lennon murder who was under state surveillance when he was shot. With all their anti-terrorist activity – they failed. They have a lot of explaining to do.


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