President Obama is scheduled to travel to Charleston, South Carolina to read a tribute to Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, who was murdered along with eight other worshipers during a bible-study session in last week’s attack.
“Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME Church. We knew their pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night,” Obama said Thursday. “And to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families, and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.”
Despite a grotesque crime, Mr. Obama’s travels represent his unwillingness to quail at the specter of rank bigotry.
Mr. Obama’s application of soothing, healing instruction can reflect he is a man of consequence and character on a matter of which the price of apathy or neglect is incalculable. Proper interpretation and application of his verses will begin a much-needed healing and can serve as a guide on the complex issue of race which Americans require further investment.