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.

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Walter Rhett Charleston, SC
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Under Trump, black children have had police contact this summer for swimming with friends, cutting lawns by appointment, using the pool in their own complex, playing golf as club members, and selling candy, water and lemon-ade without a license. Children have been pushed, slapped and assaulted. Policies income, liberty, race and voting have changed.

Policy is also made passively, as when we look the other way, whether with Trump’s relationship with Putin, the futility of tariffs as a tax closing the trade gap, or the denuclearization of North Korea that hasn’t occurred. The problem ahead is when these positions collapse. They will, under Trump, their goals and predictions too often covered up corruption and special interest benefits to be sustained.

After Trump, a “modern, moral, wealthy nation” needs policies to create the dynamics of prosperity, a dynamic, growing middle class of working families. Racism aside, Trump has no plan or template for increasing prosperity, only “winning,” which in every case, is a step back.

Taxing trade doesn’t grow an economy, wages or jobs! What’s the plan for the billions collected as tariffs? There is no plan! Except for the hatred, it’s all a lie.
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Polls are preliminary, not final. Feet win.

Ocasio-Cortez is authentic. “A fighter,” she brings deep, joyful spirit. She wants healthcare, housing and education from public money; not “free,” but shared. The difference between her and traditional Democrats? She beat a vaulted machine boss: in line for House Speaker in a waterfront district that bounds both sides of a river, a different borough on each side; a purged 2016 voter in a district with an international airport, a pro ball park, the US Tennis Open, and lots of public riverlands, she motivated the least motivated voters. If you take no corporate money and knock on doors, your values and message are clear.