The Angels of Emanuel AME


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Drawn by Madeleine, age 7.

This drawing started at a quiet Mount Pleasant home with a simple yet difficult question by Madeleine: “Why is the world full of broken people?”

Melanie, the mother of two including young Madeleine, said while Madeleine asked a lot of questions about what happened Wednesday night, Madeleine’s twin sister Emma Kate talked very little about it.

“Why can’t the good people teach the bad people to be good?” Madeleine asked her mother, another question that seems simple to a 7-year-old mind but is anything but simple for an adult. “Just because someone is different doesn’t mean you have to do something bad to them.”

During the conversation, Melanie says her daughter also asked to see a picture of the church where the shooting happened. Madeleine also Googled instructions on how to draw an angel.

Her mother gave Madeleine photos of the nine victims.

“Madeleine wanted the Angels to be a good representation,” Melanie said.

So Madeleine armed with blank sheets of paper and crayons looked on the faces of the people killed — Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, and Myra Thompson — and started to draw.

Mother Emanuel AME Church stands large in the picture, taking up most of the page. Flying above are the nine slain church members, most holding a peace symbol or a heart.

Three have their arms outstretched, seemingly welcoming an embrace.

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success – The New York Times


 

The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success – The New York Times.

Obama, in Wisconsin, Takes On Scott Walker – The New York Times


Mr. Obama compared the recent economic performance of Wisconsin under Mr. Walker with that of its neighbor Minnesota, where Democrats have been in charge. He pointed out that Minnesota had raised taxes on the wealthy, increased the minimum wage and expanded its Medicaid program to offer health insurance to more of the needy — none of which has happened in Wisconsin. Minnesota’s unemployment rate is lower, he said, and its median income is higher.

“Minnesota’s winning this border battle,” Mr. Obama said.

 

Obama, in Wisconsin, Takes On Scott Walker – The New York Times.

3 Heritage Actions Associated With The Confederate Flag


Wrong on three scores, the President noted in his eulogy for Rev. Pinckney in Charleston.

These have not be mentioned by the media.

President Obama noted three harmful, but solid legacies of heritage and action strongly associated with the Confederate flag.

He said:

“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers.

1) It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — (applause) 

2) — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War,

3) the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong.

(from the Pinckney Eulogy.)