FBI: Charleston Gunman Shouldn’t Have Been Able To Get Gun

The problem stemmed from an arrest of Dylann Roof in South Carolina weeks before the shooting in which police say he admitted to possessing illegal drugs.

WASHINGTON — The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of missed opportunities and incomplete paperwork that allowed the transaction to take place. The problem stemmed from an arrest of

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After 54 Years, Confederate Flag Removed From SC Statehouse

South Carolina’s leaders first flew the battle flag over the Statehouse dome in 1961 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. It remained there to represent official opposition to the civil rights movement.

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol lowers the Confederate battle flag as it is removed from the Capitol grounds Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse to the cheers of thousands on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely. The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 massacre

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I’m Tired, But I’m Not Finished: Are We Ready To Call It Racism Now?

It seems we live in an American society that is hellbent on euthanizing black hope and injecting our despair and frustration with adrenaline. We abide in a country that counts our lives as cheap, and through brutal conditioning has taught too many us to feel the same.

People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag

A note from the author: Many things have transpired since I last penned a piece for MintPress News, but I am reminded of an old saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I’ve felt the tug and the pull of picking up the pen, so to speak, but the inertia of health and honest-to-goodness heartache concerning the subject,

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Republicans Split On Confederate Flag Debate

The last governor who called for the flag’s removal, Republican David Beasley, was hounded out of office in 1998 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A Confederate flag flies next to the Alabama Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol

CHARLESTON, S.C. — For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. But opinions changed within five days of the massacre of nine people at a historic black

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Why Conservatives Can Only Talk About ‘Religious Liberty’ In Charleston

These crimes weren’t about the fact that parishioners were reading the Bible or praying to Jesus, and, in fact, they were largely perpetrated by a racist group that identifies as a Christian organization.

In the aftermath of a mass shooting at Charleston’s historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church that killed nine people, most elected officials and political pundits are carefully expressing their condolences in a way that avoids mentioning race. Instead, many right-wing commentators are seizing on the location of the massacre — a Wednesday night Bible study

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