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Y/our President Obama sang

Amazing Grace

  during his eulogy of the funeral of Rev. Pinckney.

South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney
and
the Pastor of  the Mother Emanuel church in Charleston.

 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EULOGY WAS THE MAN I CAMPAIGNED FOR:
A MAN, A COMPASSIONATE MAN,
A MAN OF GRACE + COURAGE,
A MAN WHO CAN LEAD

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INSPIRE BY TELLING THE TRUTH
WITH AN OPEN HEART.

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A MAN WHO FEELS THE SOUL OF HUMANITY + THE INJUSTICES OF INHUMANITY.

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A MAN WHO HAS THE CAPACITY
TO EMBRACE + ENCOUNTER HIS/OUR
VULNERABILITY + BLINDNESS.

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A MAN WHOSE VISION/SONG/GOSPEL
MOVES OUR HUMANITY FORWARD
WITH CLARION + DIGNITY.

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OBAMA ARRIVED IN HIS TRUTH,

DELIVERED,

RELEASED HIS TRUTH,

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MADE IT OURS.

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AMERICA’S  INSTITUTIONAL RACISM/MARGINALISM *+ OUR HUMANITY
RELIES ON ERASING RACE + “THE OTHER”* THAT IS MADE INVISIBLE TO
THE JURASSIC/DOMINANT CULTURE.
*https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/disability-disrespect-can-you-play-the-violin-equally-to-itzhak-perlman-no-does-that-mean-you-are-disabled-what-is-essential-is-invisible-to-the-eye-the-little-prince/

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OUR HUMANITY RELIES ON THE SOUL’S MUSIC,
THE UNIVERSAL GOSPEL SONG OF DELIVERANCE,
COMPASSIONATE COURAGE + TRANSCENDENCE
AND THE SACRED MAJESTIC BREATH OF
ALL.

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THE LIGHT/ILLUMINATION

OF

LUMINOUS LOVE FINDS

 AMAZING GRACE:

LOST, AND THEN FOUND!

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I AND THOU.

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FREEDOM IS AN INSIDE OUT TRAJECTORY.

The power of compassion for self and empathy for others

is the FORCE towards grace.

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PLEASE CLICK TWICE ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE  
Note: the art shown  below were created on THE day of the mas/sacre

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ICANFEEL_I_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSON_DICANFEEL I                                                                  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2015

 

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ICANFEEL_II_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSON_C   ICANFEEL II                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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PLEASE NOTE THE COLOR,

THE “CALLING OUT”  OF THE GOLDEN RULE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

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This concept can be explained from the perspective
of psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion.

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Psychologically,
it involves a person empathizing with others.

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Philosophically,
it involves a person perceiving their neighbor as also an “I” or “self”.

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Sociologically,
this principle is applicable between individuals, between groups,
and also between individuals and groups.
(For example, a person living by this rule treats ALL people with consideration,
NOT  just members of his or her in-group.)

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Religions
figure prominently in the history
of the concept of the
GOLDEN RULE.

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During a podcast taped last week,
http://potus.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_613_-_president_barack_obama/
just days after the mass killings at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C.,
President Obama said the legacies of slavery
and Jim Crow too often remain in the nation’s DNA.

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“Racism — we are NOT cured of it,”

he said at one point.
“And it’s NOT just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public.”
He added:
“That’s NOT the measure of whether racism still exists or not,”
“It’s NOT just a matter of overt discrimination. 
Societies don’t, overnight,
completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”

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TRUTH TELLING.

TELLING TRUTH.

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https://i0.wp.com/blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/files/2015/07/Mother-Emmanuel.png

https://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_1920w/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/2015-06-20T005945Z_1169310200_GF10000133799_RTRMADP_3_USA-SHOOTING-SOUTH-CAROLINA%5B1%5D.jpg

“MOTHER EMANUEL”

http://www.emanuelamechurch.org/

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PROFILES OF THE MASSACRED VICTIMS-

ALL WERE PRESENT AT A BIBLE STUDY/ PRAYER MEETING
INCLUDING THE DEPRAVED MURDERER.

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I can’t imagine the searing horror/screaming in the last moments of their lives
-someone they had welcomed into their church’s Bible study/prayer meeting-
NOT knowing this “guest” had a depraved/diabolic racist agenda,
steeped and ignited in a very disturbed mind
AND he possessed both a lethal gun and combustible hatred in both a place of worship
and a time of prayer.
Tragic adomination.
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It is critical to address the unmet needs of those who suffer
from biochemical imbalances in the brain coupled with
the ease of acquiring lethal weapons to resolve how an individual’s deranged mind
twisted by hatred perceives the world.
It is imperative to root out and break the myth of intolerance.
NO more going down the rabbit hole and deny this pervasive societal blindness of racism
that stews, cultivates and ripens in a culture that is known worldwide to kill each other.
Tragic denial.

 

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A gun given by a Father as a “birthday present” to his 21 year old son
– a son, whose racist views were clearly known/announced
by his clothing-sewn patches of apartheid,
and a Confederate flag chosen to mark his car license
was a mentally distressed man with an internal explosive and a timed fuse in his heart.
Tragic ignorance or complicity, Dad.

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What is our American society’s accountability?
The continuous societal DENIAL of the skewering of perceptions
of those who are mentally imbalanced and nurture and harvest hate in their hearts
and absence of foresight of  guns in their hands is astounding.
Tragic indifference and/or deliberate denial.

 

 

 

The county coroner has identified the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting.
They ranged in age from 26 to 87, and include a librarian, a legislator and several ministers.
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CHARLESTON’S MASSACRED LIVES.

MAS/SACRED LIVES.

Drawn by 7 year old Madeleine

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Rev. Clementa Carlos Pinckney,
41, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,
where the shooting occurred, began preaching at 13
and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at 23,
becoming the youngest African-American to be elected to the State Legislature.
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Cynthia Hurd,
54, served as the regional manager of the St. Andrews branch of the county library,
a job she loved because it brought her closer to people.
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DePayne Middleton Doctor,
49, was the mother of four daughters
– the youngest is in junior high school and the oldest is in college.
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Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,
45, was a coach for the girls’ track and field team
and a speech therapist at Goose Creek High School. She was on the church staff.
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Tywanza Sanders,
26, had graduated from Allen University, a historically black college,
as a business administration major last year and was looking for employment.
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Ethel Lee Lance,
70, was a sexton at the church and had worked there
for more than three decades.
Her cousin, Susie Jackson, was a longtime church member and died along with her.
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Susie Jackson, 87.
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Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr.,
75, a retired pastor from another church in Charleston,
attended Emanuel A.M.E. every Sunday for services and Wednesdays for bible study,
according to his daughter-in-law, Arcelia Simmons of Newport News, Va.
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Myra Thompson,
59, was the wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson,
vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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R.I.P. “I’ll fly away”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA4JyAONd_I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBd0FdBt0jk

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http://www.nytimes.com/live/updates-on-charleston-church-shooting/churchs-long-illustrious-history/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/us/jon-stewart-addresses-charleston-shooting-in-his-daily-show-monologue.html?_r=0
http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-33181651
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/18/obama-gun-violence-_n_7615838.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/06/18/charleston-racism-and-the-myth-of-tolerant-millennials/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/06/20/charleston-church-with-history-of-resilience-to-open-doors-four-days-after-shootings/

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21 June. Sunday. Father’s Day. Summer Solstice.
Mother Emanuel and the power of prayer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33220218

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