Clyburn Statement On Charleston Shooting

Jun 18, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues

CHARLESTON – U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn released the following statement today about last night’s shooting at Emanuel AME Church:

It is with great sadness that I heard of the unspeakable tragedy that occurred in Charleston last night.  My heart goes out to the victims, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney, their friends and family and members of Emanuel AME Church.  I am distraught that this kind of hate still exists in our country and specifically in my home state of South Carolina.  I'm reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." We must take these horrific crimes that are happening across our states and teach our neighbors that hate is not the answer.  Please pray with me today for the Charleston community as they begin the healing process.