The Angels of Emanuel AME


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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The Chalk Dust Of American Morality

As #metoo gathers and scatters seeds, America defies—denies–its moral consciousness. Its men (many) seeking solace in a drug/ego-driven miasma of PR stupor that substitutes blindness for a blank slate. America prefers invisible to clean; a fog or a lie is its favorite fig leaf. So its “tablet” is a slate where guilt is erased but not forgiven or redeemed, a slate of dark deeds that are the daily dangers of fear; a invisible list that haunts memory and disturbs the present. A ghost of the woke.

Men do not admit this dark, sin-sick journey. Men like ob-gyn hospital department head US Rep Scott Desjarlais-TN, who had sex with his staff and patients (paying the medical society a $250 fine), supports ending abortion but pushed it for his wife (twice) and paramour. (He also threatened suicide with a dry-fired gun. He’s won 4 terms.)

These are criminal desires, this kinship with African terrorists who create vaginal fistulas with gun barrels and rape babies in South Africa. The civilized West shreds souls in screaming silence, in the surrender of men to evil.

Not one male has told the truth about the interior of this dark journey. Not one has described its traps, deception and pain, its ugliness and self-mutilation, its obscenity and cruelty. Lawyers statements are far from the truth.

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