President Barack Obama attended the funeral of Charleston victim Clementa Pinckney.
President Obama praised Clementa Pinckney for being a good man, who came from a family of preachers and a family of protesters that fought for civil liberties and the emancipation of slaves in the South.
President Obama said that black churches are “a place to call our own in [an] often hostile world.”
“God visited grace upon us for he has allowed us to see where we have been blind”.
“For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of system oppression and racial segregation.”
“For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts on this nation.”
“We talk a lot about race … we don’t need more talk”.
He called for end to gun violence and discrimination.
President Obama ended his speech by singing Amazing Grace as he and named the victims of the Charleston shooting, “[they] found the grace” he said.