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By Scotty Reid
A white male terrorist is still on the loose and should be considered armed and dangerous after he ambushed worshipers who more than likely were participating in Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Charleston, SC.
Reportedly up to nine people were killed in the cowardly attack that follows the murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston by the white terrorist and former police officer Michael Slager who shot the unarmed black motorist in the back several times as he ran. Evidence suggests that Slager and at least one other officer attempted to cover the murder up by planting a taser on Mr. Scott and falsifying police reports. The murder was captured by a bystander on his cell phone and the video led to Slager being charged with murder.
Survivors of the attack on the African Methodist Episcopal Church described the terrorist as a slender 21-year-old white man in a gray sweatshirt or hoodie, jeans and Timberland boots.
A bomb threat was later issued against the church.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the oldest Black churches in the nation being established in 1816. One of the founders of the church was slavery abolitionist Denmark Vesey. Denmark Vesey along with an enslaved African named Gullah Jack were the leaders of an uprising in 1822 that was foiled by other blacks who snitched them out to their white enslavers. Denmark Vesey was a free black man but had been formerly enslaved when he was known as Telemaque. Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack planed to lead enslaved Africans who had joined the rebellion to the Charleston Harbor, commandeer a ship and sail for Haiti which had recently had a successful revolution in overthrowing their French enslavers battling Napoleon’s army to a stand still thus gaining their independence.
According to some reports, Vesey and five slaves were among the first group of men rapidly judged guilty by the secret proceedings of a city-appointed Court and condemned to death; they were executed by hanging on July 2, 1822. After being hung savages were said to have mutilated their bodies and even cut the skin from their flesh to make souvenirs like coin purses. The African Methodist Episcopal Church would be burned down to the ground but would be rebuilt.
In the wake of the white terrorist attack on the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Gov. Nikki Haley asked everyone to “please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.”