If I seem to be covering the tragedy in Charleston more thoroughly than other mass shootings, it’s pretty simple: I’m a southern white man, and I am sick to death of other southern white men murdering and trying to intimidate black people for who they are. I’ve been watching this happen off and on for more than a half-century, and that’s too much for too long. It needs to stop.
Here are some other midday news items, several about Charleston.
* Prophetic op-ed published two days ago in the New York Times argues right-wing domestic terrorists are viewed by police as representing the most menacing threat by far.
* Here we go: Fox and Friends already telling us the Charleston attack could have been thwarted if church members had been packing heat.
* At Slate Jamelle Bouie offers the must-read background on Emanuel AME’s towering position in African-American history–and on last night’s tragedy as a continuation of centuries of violence against black churches.
* Treasury announces a woman–name TBD–will replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.
* Here’s the English text version of Laudeto Si’, Pope Francis encyclical on climate change, its environmental and economic consequences, and its moral underpinnings. More about this remarkable document later.
And in non-political news:
* For first time since at least 1970, McDonald’s to close more restaurants than it opens this year.
As we break for lunch, here’s the Morehouse College Glee Club performing “We Shall Overcome,” a song of sorrow, hope and determination.