At a hearing this morning, a judge announced that the trial for alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof has been tentatively set for July 11, 2016. Ninth Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson also extended a gag order that prevents law enforcement agencies from releasing information—including 911 calls, photos, and police reports—about the June 17th massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church until at least next Wednesday.
On Friday, June 26, at the funeral of Charleston, South Carolina shooting victim Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama closed his moving eulogy for the slain pastor—who was killed along with eight other black congregates at the historic Mother AME Emmanuel Church—by leading the congregation in a rousing rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
An allegory of the American South: In 1998, a fierce racist (who also happened to be the former attorney of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin) named Jack Kershaw created a monument for another bad man, Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. The resulting statue is so hilariously stupid that we should keep it forever.
The New York Times jealously guards its status as America’s paper of record through an obsessive focus on decorum and propriety. So it’s interesting to see in two leaked photos that the paper’s brass has a sense of humor behind its respectable front—even if that humor veers into “making light of mass killings” territory.
Six days after nine people were killed during a shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that his state would begin the process of removing Confederate flags from their license plates. “As you all know, I have spent the past 17 months working to build a new Virginia economy that is more open and welcoming to everyone,” he said in a statement. “Removing this symbol from our state-issued license plates will be another step towards realizing that goal.”