Say Their Names

Take a moment to say these names out loud.

  1. Clementa Pinckney
  2. Cynthia Hurd
  3. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
  4. Tywanza Sanders
  5. Ethel Lance
  6. Susie Jackson
  7. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
  8. Myra Thompson
  9. Daniel Simmons Sr.

These are the names of the nine people murdered on Wednesday during a church prayer meeting by a racist coward in Charleston, South Carolina.

As the media pretends to analyze the motive and digs up uninteresting facts about the terrorist, I’d like to turn the attention back towards those who are no longer with us, and the families who will forever mourn their absence.

While we’re at it, this would also be a great time to take down the confederate flag that still flies above South Carolina today.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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