The pundits swarmed our state. Joe Riley, the long time mayor of Charleston, made it abundantly clear, this was a community that was grieving. It did not matter what color the victims were, they were part of the community.
A little more than three weeks later the Confederate Battle flag, seen by many as a symbol of the old south and the days of slavery, was permanently removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds and started a discussion across the south and the country about removing the flag from other government property. The quiet grace and forgiveness from the families of the these nine victims was heard far above the yelling, screaming, and protesting that had been going on for years. Even a fifteen year boycott by NAACP could not accomplish such an act.