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Against Extremism, Not Against Each Other

Paige “Duffy” Lewis

July 1, 2015

Dear Charleston, the past few weeks have been some of the longest and most distressing I can remember since Sept. 11, 2001. Then, as now, Americans turned to God, prayed together, and attended church in higher numbers. Stories of suffering and heroism were shared. Patriotism erupted. We felt more united as a country.

Confed battle flags Cola.Fear also set in. Fear of a similar attack. Fear of looming war. Fear that we would never be safe, never be the same. We weren’t.

The United States of America was changed forever by the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and we will be changed forever by the attack on Emanuel A.M.E. Church on June 17, 2015.

Violence inflicted by a human being onto others provokes heightened feelings of shock, confusion, sadness, anger, and grief. Tragedy propels us on a quest for understanding and meaning, which can be diverted to blame and escalate to scapegoating if we are not careful.



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