No child is born racist, racism is learned, and perhaps at a younger age than once thought. I haven't seen too much published at this time about the shooting suspects upbringing, but living in the deep south, and in the state that exepmplifies sedition, where the symbols of racism are unavoidable, is it any surprise that Dylann Roof holds odious views?
This was an act of terrorism. It was a hate crime. It was not an attack on religion, despite the protestations of those on the right. How many churches did the killer drive past on his way Emanuel A.M.E., a church steeped in history and symbolism? If it was an attack on religion, why didn't the killer launch his attack on a Sunday, when the churches are full?
And the most odious? Blaming the victim, as an NRA board member did.
So where to start? How do we begin to address the posion of racism? Ta-Nehisi Coates made a modest suggestion.