Minister Louis Farrakhan touched on a topic Saturday during the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March that many black people had been thinking about but were afraid to mention.
Minister Farrakhan wondered why the relatives of the nine victims of the June 17 massacre at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., quickly forgave the killer Dylann Storm Roof.
“They didn’t even have time to grieve the loss of their relatives,” Minister Farrakhan told the audience of 800,000 in Washington, D.C. Many of the relatives forgave Roof before the funerals began.
Shortly after Roof was arrested, relatives practically stood in line to say they forgave him during his first court appearance. Roof looked down at the floor and said nothing.
Roof, 21, of Shelby, N.C., a white supremacist who posed in photos with a confederate battle flag, said he murdered the parishioners during Bible study because he wanted to start a race war. The U.S. Justice Department charged him with 33 hate crimes.
In contrast, Minister Farrakhan noted that blacks have a difficult time forgiving each other for any incident.