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How faith brought down the flag

Race Issues
by Jarvis J. Williams
Posted 7/14/15, 06:06 pm

On Friday, South Carolina made history when state officials lowered the Confederate flag that flew on the grounds of the state Capitol for years. This flag reminded many of racial hatred directed toward Africa-Americans through the years. The superb leadership of Gov. Nikki Haley and the collegial support of the state’s elected officials helped efforts to retire the flag. But those efforts were buoyed by the Christian responses to the shootings of Walter Scott and the Emanuel 9.

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Charleston pastors pray for lasting unity

Race Issues | Across racial and denominational lines, clergy band together to move people past the ‘stasis’ of the city’s history of division
by Dick Peterson
Posted 7/02/15, 12:17 pm

CHARLESTON, S.C.—More than two weeks after Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his parishioners were shot to death in the basement of Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., questions hang heavy in the humidity of this Southern coastal city: What will sustain the beautiful display of unity among races visible in the shooting’s aftermath? How do churches keep racial reconciliation on the street and not cloistered behind church walls as a relic to be brought out after the next crisis?

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What the Confederate flag represents to African-Americans

Race Issues
by Jarvis J. Williams
Posted 6/30/15, 03:40 pm

In the past week, arsonists have burned to the ground several black churches in the South. Perhaps these fires have nothing to do with race. Yet, these crimes along with the racially motivated murder of nine African-American Christians in Charleston, S.C., draw attention to the racism the Confederate flag represents for many African-Americans.

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