United States President Barack Obama (above and center) delivers the eulogy at funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight other Black parishioners gunned down earlier this month at a church revival at the prominent Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina by suspected serial murderer and White supremacist Dylann Storm Roof. Photo by www.cnn.com
Top row from left: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Middle row from left: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders
Bottom row from left: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson
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Charleston, South Carolina (Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news(www.clevelandurbannews.com)-President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy on Friday afternoon for the home-going service of the Rev Clementa Picnkney and eight other Black parishioners gunned down earlier this month by suspected serial killer and White supremacist Dylann Storm Roof during a church revival at the prominent Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
|Dylann Storm Roof|
The 21-year-old self-confessed killer said at the time of the unprecedented shooting that has taken the country by storm, that he was "there to kill Black people."
"Over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety, praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout," preached Obama to a “Hallelujah…”
Among other matters, the president also discussed Jim Crow Laws that were state and local laws relative to racial segregation that were enacted after the Reconstruction period in Southern United States that continued in force until 1965 in Southern U.S. states.
"The imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to Civil Rights for all people was wrong,'" said Obama, who political experts say will go down in American history as one of the nation's great president.
|Hillary Rodham Clinton|
America' first Black president touched on a number of other hot-topic issues during his 30-minute eulogy, that critics say had political undertones, and he said that racism is alive and well in America, and that gun violence must cease.
“We have to have a conversation about race," said Obama, before adding that while gun safety measures will not prevent every tragedy, that to do nothing about the impact of gun violence on American society is irresponsible.
The Charleston killings ring true the fragile relationship between police nationwide and the Black community, and the tragedy comes as police murders of unarmed Blacks are getting heightening media attention, including the police shooting death of 12-year--old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio.
During an interview with comedian Marc Maron on Friday Obama said that the use or misuse of the n-word by those that are not African-American in particular, "is not the measure of whether racism still exists or not."