There are too many responses to the horrendous shooting in Charleston to cite them all here. Ta-Nehisi Coates keeps it simple (and important). How can we be continually surprised by this violence when the capitol building in South Carolina still proudly flies the confederate flag, a symbol of white supremacy?
Moral cowardice requires choice and action. It demands that its adherents repeatedly look away, that they favor the fanciful over the plain, myth over history, the dream over the real. Here is another choice. Take down the flag. Take it down now. Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now.