Americans have a tendency to think that anyone who commits an act of extreme violence is insane. It means we don’t have to deal with the causes of the violence, that the solution is an institution and keeping the criminally insane comfortably out of view.
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Yet violence does not require insanity, nor does extreme hate. In the case of Dylann Roof and his killing of nine people in a Charleston church on June 17, 2015, the evidence so far indicates that he simply hates blacks and wants them all dead. Even his lawyer has said Roof knew right from wrong, knew the morality of what he was doing. This means we have an opportunity to examine the racial hatred that is an undercurrent of our society and to perhaps have a season of healing in America.
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In this episode, Stephen provides a personal testament to the clear and present racism that has plagued American society for hundreds of years, and calls for the murder conviction of Dylann Roof.

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