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"You took something precious away from me," Ethel Lance's relative said. "I will never talk to her again. I will never hold her again. But I forgive you. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But God forgive you, and I forgive you."
"I forgive you, and my family forgives you," Myra Thompson's relative said. "But we would like you take this opportunity to repent."
"We welcomed you with open arms to our bible study Wednesday night," Felicia Sanders' relative said. "You have killed some of the most beautiful people I know. Every fiber in my body hurts, and I will never be the same...May God have mercy on you."
"Although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, this is proof, everyone's plea for your soul is proof they lived in love and their legacies will live in love," Daniel Simmons' relative said. "So hate won't win."
"For me, I am a work in progress," Rev. Depayne Middleton said. "I am very angry...We are the family that love built. We have no room for hate, so I have to forgive. "
The first thing I thought of when I heard the words of, not anger, but forgiveness, is how it shows the decency of these people, much like Jesus and MLK, and how his murders did not have the intended impact on the victims' families. They're not calling for blood through rage, but forgiveness. I'm sure Roof didn't expect that.
...A Facebook page belonging to a Dylann Roof that matches the picture released by law enforcement said Roof at one time attended White Knoll High School in Lexington County. In the Facebook photo, Roof is wearing a jacket with patches of the racist-era flags of South Africa and Rhodesia.
...A criminal history report shows Roof was arrested in Lexington County on February 28 of this year on a controlled substance charge, and then again on April 26 on a trespassing offense. Neither of those cases had been adjudicated....
It is not that easy mate.
I'm pissed at the wealthy. I am pissed that they deprive me of having opportunities while they flaunt their lifestyles in my face.
There is a time and place for forgiveness.
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: TheRedneck
There is a time and place for forgiveness. That is when the hurt is stopped and realized. That is when one has had time to work through all the emotions of being dealt the blows of injustice.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: wildapache
Try smiling at them while you turn the other cheek.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
a reply to: wildapache
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi,