The families of the Charleston victims were widely praised in the media and by moderate leaders for their Christian forgiveness toward the shooter. This author argues that this forgiveness is historically expected of Black people, or they will suffer serious consequences. President Obama can not appear to be an Angry Black Man, regardless of how he is disrespected. The author asks where this praise for forgiveness was on September 11, 2001, when fury and demand for revenge carried us into several wars. Where is forgiveness for the Marathon bombers?
After reading the article, what do you notice? What feelings come up for you? What are your thoughts on forgiveness and anger in this context?