23 Twitter Reactions To The #CharlestonShooting That Will Really Make You Think

I’m not going to beat around the bush: I’m pissed off. Last night, Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white man, allegedly shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church, a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The victims included Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator. Y’all, a five-year-old girl had to play dead for survival. This is just next level disgusting. Luckily, Roof was caught a few hours ago in North Carolina, but that didn’t do much to quell the anger that I and so many other black people feel right now. The only thing that’s making me feel a little better is obsessively checking Twitter as a necessary outlet for my rage. It might seem counter productive to retreat to an endless cycle of depressing, cynical tweets as a way to deal with my crappy mood, but it’s better than pretending that nothing is wrong.

From the jump, ever since I found out that the suspect was white and that a black church was attacked, I knew in my heart that this was racially motivated. Even President Obama touched on America’s dark history of racially motivated crimes taking place in churches during a press conference this afternoon. This gut feeling has been validated now that we know more about the alleged murderer. There’s a photo of him rocking a jacket donned with apartheid era flags of South Africa as well as Rhodesia, a former British, white colony before it gained independence and became Zimbabwe. If that’s not side-eye worthy enough, former classmates of Roof claim that he would always tell racist jokes. Oh, but the ultimate racist BS to come from this so far is in what eye witnesses to the church massacre heard Roof say before opening fire: “I have to do it…You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

Racist alert. Racist alert. RACIST ALERT.

Of course, people have already painted this guy as troubled and mentally ill. Others are insisting that this isn’t necessarily a hate crime. Basically, the same ol’ benefit of the doubt that is always given to white dudes who pull off mass murders. Meanwhile, unarmed black people are killed by the police and they’re demonized instantly.

If you’re seeing a lot of idiotic comments on social media or IRL, or you just want to rage a little with me, check out these 23 amazingly relevant tweets about the Charleston shooting. They’ll definitely make you think…and sort of hate everything.


1. Uncomfortable truths.


2. Preach.


3. Racism is alive and well in our generation, everyone. Don’t ignore it.


4. Like clockwork.





6. Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”


7. Unfortunately.



8. This, along with the “he was quiet” angle are going to drive me crazy.



9. SMDH.



10. People hate to admit when white people’s hate and violence is racially motivated. No clue why!


11. Must be nice.


12. Unreal and disgusting.


13. This is why your racist dad freaks me out.


14. TBH.


15. Yes, white feminists need to denounce the fact that the protection of their womanhood was used as an excuse to murder black people.



16. Find the lie.


17. Important!



18. White people are never generalized in the same violent way.


19. Also, how is this race baiting when this is literally about race?



20. Thank you.





22. And one of the most grim truth bombs of all…






What’s your reaction to the shooting? What role do you think race plays in the media coverage and reaction? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Hellebore

    LoL. Typical, sensor so as to oppress opposing views. Go you NAZI!

  • Hellebore

    Liberals are idiots. Drink more koolaid.

  • Ellen Acket

    I am not American, I don’t have the right to tell you how to run your country but I do have a question. I just read that there are still 160 chapters of the KKK in the states. Thats the most racist group in america. Why isn’t it illegal? Nazisisme is in Germany so why not the KKK? maybe if you made it illigal they won’t be able to legally preach hate.

    • Peace

      America’s Bill of Rights prohibits the banning of groups like the KKK or the Neo-Nazi here in the United States under the first amendment. The first amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” By that law, as long as these groups don’t cause any sort of violence or vandalism they can preach hate all they want without any consequences.

      I wish they could ban those hate groups here, but it’s against freedom of speech, press, and assembly; therefore against the law here in America.

  • Peace

    When Obama said no other well-stabilized country has as many hate crimes as America did, I truly wept for the state of our country. My heart goes out to the victims, their families, all the progress, and history that was destroyed in that terrorist attack. I also can’t begin to fathom what the president must be going through. Although it’s not his fault in any way, shape, or form, he probably feels that it has something to do with. To give 14 speeches about this stuff can tear down a whole country, can’t imagine what it does to one man.