Standing with the families of Emanuel AME Church

Ann Reich Guest columnist

From my heart I want to reach out to the members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and community of Charleston, S.C.

When the news of the shooting was announced, I was shocked and devastated, along with most of the rest of America. I just hope that the families of the victims and people of this community will not allow the actions of this one man to cause bitterness and anger toward all white Americans.

We are weeping with you. Our hearts are heavy, and we also carry along with you the burden of your great loss.

In this writer’s opinion, it is unfathomable that the media flashes the picture of this man on the TV screen every time you turn it on. That’s what he wants – notoriety for his actions, fame and glory. Do not show his face. Do not show his pictures over and over. This only gives him the attention and heroics he was seeking.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out how many fewer killings there would be if the killers were not so auspiciously saturated in the news? Talk about the victims and giving them assistance, yes, but keep the information about the killer insignificant. And definitely do not show his/her picture on the news.

God bless the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church families.

One comfort these families can take from this tragedy is knowing that nine of their members are now in heaven.