CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's been four days now then the Mother Emanuel Massacre last week,and these thoughts come to mind as I look back on the tragedy.
I saw something amazing this past week: people from all walks of life, black and white, rich and poor, young and old, coming to mourn...together!
Far from blasting a big hole in race relations, that young man and his gun brought us together, perhaps as never before,as one grieving family!
Then I heard something even more amazing- family members of the victims telling the murder suspect,they forgive him for allegedly murdering their loved ones!
I have seen us come together before in tough times, after Hurricane Hugo, after the deaths of those brave Charleston firefighters, The Charleston Nine, and once again, we are showing the world we stand in solidarity as one people as we confront the horror of the Mother Emanuel Massacre.
I think it's a big step in the healing process.
Now is a time for mourning, grieving the loss of friends and family. We will be doing plenty of that in the next few weeks. Healing won't be easy or quick, but going through this tragedy together as one people will eventually lead us down the road to recovery.
We will never forget what happened at Mother Emanuel AME, but we can learn to forgive.I believe the beloved pastor of the church, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, would have wanted that.
Coming together to help each other in times of tragedy like this: it's how we do things here in Charleston, the place we call the Holy City.