We at Jesus Radical have put together the following list of articles which we believe provide a solid foundation to understand the events that have occurred in Charleston and the broader context in which these events have occurred. As organizers, we have realized that we are often not equipped to respond quickly to this kind of breaking news and current events in the way we might like to. However, these limitations do no prevent us from sharing the wisdom of others whose responses to this tragedy (and to other happenings) that we as organizers resonate with and feel are important to pass on to the collective. We have put this list together with the hope that readers of this website who are committed to or are in the process of committing to the difficult work of undoing and working against racism and white-supremacy in all its varied forms, that the reflections and analysis of of the following writers who are also committed to this work will help to deepen your own analysis and shape your continued work for justice.
Chris Crass, "Every White Person is Aiding and Abetting Terrorism Unless Naming Institutional and Cultural White Supremacy in #Charleston." The Good Men Project, June 18, 2015.
Heather Cox Richardson, “Reconstructing the American Tradition of Domestic Terrorism” We’re History, June 18, 2015.
Jennifer Bailey, AME Minister. "Rolling in Sackcloth and Ashes." Huffington Post, June 18, 2015.
Jessica Simeone and others. "These Are The Victims Of The Charleston Church Shooting." BuzzFeed News. June 18, 2015.
Manisha Sinha, “The Long and Proud History of Charleston’s AME Church.” Huffington Post. June 19, 2015.
Neil Irving Painter, “What is Whiteness?” New York Times. June 20, 2015.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "What this Cruel War was Over: The meaning of the confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it." The Atlantic, June 22, 2015.
Willie James Jennings. "Dylann Roof Was Wrong: The Race War Isn’t Coming, It’s Here." Religion Dispatches, June 26, 2015.
Xolela Mangcu, "Should We Forgive the Charleston Killer?" The Root, June 21, 2015.
Yoni Applebaum. "The Fight for Equality in Charleston, From Denmark Vesey to Clementa Pinckney." The Atlantic, June 18, 2015.