For me, the most emotional part of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church is the heroic and compassionate action of Tywanza Sanders. When Dylann Roof chose Sanders’ 87 year aunt as his first shooting victim, Sanders asked to be shot instead. This young brother, only 26 years old, had graduated from college last year–he had his whole life ahead of him. Yet, there he stood asking to take a bullet for his aunt who for all practical purposes, had already lived her life. I’m getting choked up just writing about it.
A racist terrorist took out 9 people. We got work to do.