United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the recent Charleston Church massacre as a “hate crime” designed to “cover the acts of domestic terrorism” and itself the “original domestic terrorism” because such is the “impetus behind” hate crimes, news said.
The Attorney General’s comment came in response to a reporter’s question on why the killing by a white “supremacist” of 9 black churchgoers of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church — a historical institution in South Carolina — was not considered by the U.S. Department of Justice as terrorism.
Providing defense to the DOJ, Lynch said authorities are still conducting investigations into the massacre and they are “looking at all the facts and all of the circumstances of that case to see if in fact it becomes a federal case, what are the best statutes to use.”
Following the Charleston Church killing, many politicians followed South Carolina’s initiative in removing the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds. In business sectors, Wal-Mart was the first to make an announcement about boycotting merchandises bearing the Confederate flags. Many companies and retailers followed suit. Even in technology, Apple took down games on “Civil War.” All of these efforts have a unified statement — to condemn the killing of black people that are clearly considered to be about racism.
Dylann Storm Roof, the perpetrator in the Charleston Church killing, has a car with a license plate bearing the Confederate flag. Photos of him emerged wearing a shirt with a segregationist imagery.
When asked whether hate crimes would be reduced with the removal of the Confederate flags and other emblems, the Attorney General answered, which was quoted by AOL, “I think that with respect to what states do with these Confederate Flags, I think the President has made and excellent suggestion that if people want to commemorate that part of their history, museums are a wonderful place to do that.”
Lynch is positive that conversations about the Confederate flags will continue and she is hoping “they will bear fruit.”
“I wish I knew the causes of hate, really do, because then we could focus on them. They are so different from person to person. Education and communication is always the first step towards preventing hate,” she further said.
Lynch’s statement was made on her visit to Birmingham in Alabama, where she spoke to a group of youths participating in Community Policing Revitalization program by Birmingham Youth Citizens Police Academy.