The attempt to start a race war in South Carolina failed. The lone racist, who murdered 9 innocent African-Americans on June 17, 2015, sits in a jail cell in Charleston waiting for the American judicial system to determine his fate. It was not the first time a plan to kill people because of their race was averted in South Carolina. On July 19, 1822, Denmark Vesey and 34 of his followers were killed after the plan of their revolt to kill whites was discovered.
Denmark Vesey was executed in Charleston, South Carolina for his plot to murder white people in 1822. He was unable to kill a single white person because an African-American felt it was wrong to murder men, women, and children and reported the plot before the murders could be carried out. It was a white America who aided police in the capture of Dylann Roof.
On Father’s Day 2015 over a thousand people of all races, all religions, and all sexes gathered in Charleston on the Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Bridge to let the world know that the attempt to create division and race hatred failed. The plan to divide Americans backfired. There was more love and unity between the races in South Carolina than ever.
Charleston is a beautiful city and a wonderful vacation location. The customer service in the city is excellent. Tourists will find one of America’s greatest Civil War Memorials in Charleston where President Abraham Lincoln’s greatest challenge to save America began in 1863.
Charleston native Alex Sanders was interviewed by the present writer on May 11, 1974, as he ran for Lt. Governor of South Carolina. Sanders would become the future president of the College of Charleston. Sanders welcomed all people to visit the beautiful city. There many evil people in the world who will never change their evil ways. To try to create a race war because of the circumstances in one life to the detriment of over 3 million people is pure evil. A great man once said, All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
A chain from the House of the Slaves from Goree Island in Senegal was donated to the people of Charleston in 1986 to remember the African American slaves who were brought to the slave market there. The 400 year old chain is on display at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
The hidden agenda to start a race war between black and white Americans failed because great leaders like Alex Sanders have been working for decades to create a city of Charleston that celebrated the history and culture of all Americans. Another great South Carolinian from Charleston worked hard to create good relations between blacks and whites served as the City Editor for the present writer at The Columbia Record. He was a third generation newspaperman from Charleston and had malice for none. Robert Hitt III showed fairness and respect for black and white South Carolinians alike. His dedication to the truth was the fundamental principal of his work and he passed that work ethic to every journalist who was fortunate enough to serve on the same newspaper with him.
When Hurricane Hugo struck the city in October of 1989, while the present writer was completing his Ph.D research on Charleston native Daniel Alexander Payne, the people of Charleston pulled together after many of them lost their homes, cars, boats, and possessions. As people fought for their lives there was no division between black and white in surviving the devastation. The journalist witnessed people helping people regardless of race, creed, or color.
Charleston remains a beautiful and compassionate city. For Americans planning a vacation location this summer there is no place finer than to visit Charleston, South Carolina.
Examiner.com will continue to follow the events in Charleston, South Carolina. The nation continues to mourn the loss of innocent lives on June 17, 2015.