Read President Obama’s moving eulogy for Charleston shooting victim Clementa Pinckney

Read President Obama’s moving eulogy for Charleston shooting victim Clementa Pinckney

VOX – Updated by on June 26, 2015

On Friday, June 26, President Obama delivered a powerful eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was murdered in the Charleston shootings. In the emotional, wide-ranging speech, Obama connected the mass killing to “a long history” of violence meant to intimidate and terrorize African Americans, and warned that it would be “a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for” if America let itself “go back to business as usual.”

The full text of Obama’s remarks follows.

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  • Dave Kaufmann  On 06/28/2015 at 11:06 am

    No matter our individual roots , we must at least care & respect each other as human beings .

    Perhaps love will follow .

    God , Allah , & each Creator Please make it so !

  • Ishwar Prashad  On 06/28/2015 at 11:25 am

    It was a speech for the times. He eloquently and scathingly indicted America for its history of racial bigotry; guns; treatment of minorities; poverty; job discrimination; the Confederate flag; systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It was measured, pointed and poignant and will stand out in the years to come.

    • Thinker  On 06/28/2015 at 1:14 pm

      Exactly. The important thing to be emphasized is that many states reintroduced the Confederate flag as a symbol of opposition to the Civil Rights movement in the 50s and 60s. All that stuff about heritage is nonsense since many of the Southern states did not fight the Civil War under that flag.

  • kiskadee70  On 06/28/2015 at 1:13 pm

    “White Supremacy”, they call it. Perhaps it was that bastard, Satan, himself who created them because obviously they are not of the image of the Almighty Creator. The doors of hell are wide open to welcome them sooner than they think.

  • de castro  On 06/28/2015 at 1:34 pm

    Have no intention of visiting USA now or any time in future unless they sort out their laws …gun ones top of the political agenda.
    Sad country with “dog eat dog” ideologies/culture of death.

    Shameful/disgraceful that a “developed” country have so many draconian laws
    on their statute books. Killed or be killed.shoot first questions after.sad policies.

    Obamas intentions may be good but unfortunately it may takes decades to change attitudes.

    Que sera

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/28/2015 at 6:07 pm

    President Barack Obama is a “white man” speaking to black people and for black people in an inclusive manner. Most will never understand the foregoing sentence.

    But know this – and go and listen to the eulogy again – President Obama is evidence that God works in mysterious ways.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/28/2015 at 7:13 pm

    I turned on CNN in my hotel here in Italy after dinner tonight. I’ve watched maybe 15 minutes of television this entire month I’ve been traveling, distance and the preoccupations of exploring a foreign country have a way of making all news seem too local, but tonight I happened to catch Obama in the midst of his eulogy in Charleston, live. I will always stop to watch Obama speak in a black church, just to hear the cadence of the call and response, the ebb and flow, the dialogue of a communal consciousness.

    In his speech, a remarkable and moving one, he referenced to Marilynne Robinson’s phrase “reservoir of goodness.” If we could just tap into that reservoir of goodness, he both urged and wondered, if we could just tap into that grace, what might be possible?

    On this day of all days, the answer seemed to be: more than even Andrew Sullivan expected in his lifetime.

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
    – [copied from Andrew Sullivan’s blog, in part]

    • compton de castro  On 06/28/2015 at 7:49 pm

      Clyde Ghandi was a pacifist…..signature of the times. Obama is an activist…signature of the time.

      Obama wanted the job as president….was democratically elected by Latinos for his second term. Quoting ghandi s pacifistic stance against imperialist British Empire is not relevant. America is now the “imperialist” power and he is the head of that empire. What he has achieved in his term “his legacy” will be questioned in 18 months time. Most are remembered for what they did not do during their time than what they achieved. Opportunity lost…..gun laws intact. Sad !

      My opini

  • de castro  On 06/28/2015 at 7:25 pm

    God works in mysterious ways….for those whose jury is out over the god issue
    not sure what you are suggesting. Is god good bad or ugly ?
    Or just some unexplained belief in the supernatural.

    To suggest that Obama is a “white man” speaking to black people for black
    is a “racist” remark. Obama is not only a black man he is the most powerful
    man in our western democracy. He has 18 months left to implement the changes America desperately needs….he will be remembered for what he did not do than what he has achieved in his 8 year second term.

    Sorry my opinion


  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/28/2015 at 7:55 pm

    de Castro: This is not original, but – If you understand, no explanation is needed; If you do NOT understand, no explanation is possible!

  • Gigi  On 06/29/2015 at 11:29 am

    “But when you disarm them, you at once offend them by showing that you distrust them, either for cowardice or for want of loyalty, and either of these opinions breeds hatred against you.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

    I did not watch nor read his latest selfie opportunity. To quote Gerald Celente, “politics is show business for ugly people.” In my view, this was just another false flag operation aimed at photo ops, restricting gun ownership and instilling fear in the law abiding citizens. Americans would be downright stupid to be fooled by this charade. Chicago, Detroit, NYC are among the many liberal cities with strict gun laws yet the wrong people (criminals gangs) are in possession of guns and killing for kicks. The next big shooting event will be held this 4th of July weekend when gun violence will again skyrocket in these places. Holidays present ideal opportunities for killing as most murders are committed during holidays. What’s the law abiding citizens to do when both the criminals and their govt are out to make their daily existence miserable and unsafe? They need to hold on to their guns and do not fall for the trickery to disarm them of the one thing govt fears the most – its armed citizens.

    Vigilante groups are also the best defense against criminals. When my brother’s house was robbed (one of several in his middleclass suburban neighborhood) and he reported the crime, the police officer told him “we know who they are but we are waiting for them to commit a spate of burglaries to build our case so that we can put them away for a long time.” He further said that as the law stands they would, at max, serve a couple of months and be back out stealing again. My brother promptly went out a purchased a gun and formed a neighborhood vigilante watch. His neighborhood was restored to its safe sanctuary. I don’t like guns but I support every law abiding citizen’s right to own and use one responsibly.

    ‘What Cops Know’ by Connie Fletcher is a very eye opening book on crime in America. My favourite part in the book was on how organized crime has now become legalized crime since these individuals have infiltrated EVERY aspect and function of govt. The book or I could have read it elsewhere, also documents the motives behind killing as part of gang initiation. Killing a random person in a gang initiation process affects the person’s psyche more and breeds greater loyalty because the act was senseless with no justification for the act other than orders from the gang.

  • de castro  On 07/01/2015 at 11:39 am

    If I lived in an “unsafe” neighbourhood I don’t go out and arm myself in “self” defence. I simply move neighbourhood.
    Is any village town city safe in USA…if the answer is no…..
    move country.
    In my town in Crawley in UK 150.000 there has been no gun shooting incident with police or civilian. Policemen do not carry guns in UK.
    Or for that matter “terrorist” attack although we are 9 minutes from Gatwick
    international airport where 40 million passengers pass through yearly.
    There are two fully armed policemen on patrol in departure lounge.
    And many more undercover cops on patrol.

    My advice to anyone who is living in the wrong place at the wrong/right time….
    MOVE HABITAT…..survival of the most adaptable of species.
    Simpler than you think.

    Que sera

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/02/2015 at 1:02 pm

    The same old Republican-Tea Party musical refrain: If you arm everybody with guns and ammunition – the whole of the USA would be safe … But, then again – the most popular Presidential candidate representing their interests and speaking for the GOP is Donald [Duck] Trump!

  • compton de castro  On 07/03/2015 at 1:18 pm

    USA culture of death…..sad lot ! Has violence\murdering ever solved any disagreements. ?

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/05/2015 at 4:17 am

    by Yossi Sarid – Haaretz: The Difference Between Netanyahu and Obama

    Without your noticing, we escaped to Paris for a week. Oh, Paris, which will always be there for us. On the eve of the holy Sabbath, the spirit of holiness descended on me – something that is usually foreign to me. By chance I caught the eulogy for those murdered in the church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    The BBC broadcasted the speech of the black president live and in its entirety. Those of you who missed it must compensate yourselves. When was the last time you experienced such spiritual heights? When Barack Obama began to sing Amazing Grace and the entire congregation answered him in tears and a smile, I wanted to bend down and wipe the dust of his feet with the Confederate flag, and all the flags in the world.

    I have not heard such pure singing in a long time, and it was nothing like the singing of the chorus of off-key jesters who appear on the morning of Independence Day in the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

    • de castro  On 07/05/2015 at 6:26 am

      Alelua praise be to Alah……come on my friend “Jesus” is not “god”
      neither is Obamarama ! No politician or pope deserves such reverence.😇

      Obama is politician “first”…..everything else after.

      Soon (18 months time) we will be comparing him with Ghandi Mandela
      Churchill or Hitler. Sorry for me he remains the “political” class.
      Give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is Gods.

      Que Sera
      Sir kamtan lord of cherin by appointment to HRH QE2 UKPLC

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/05/2015 at 2:57 pm

    President Barack Obama said at the eulogy:
    “Whatever solutions we find will necessarily be incomplete. But it would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allow ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again.

    “Once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on, to go back to business as usual. That’s what we so often do to avoid uncomfortable truths about the prejudice that still infects our society.

    “To settle for symbolic gestures without following up with the hard work of more lasting change, that’s how we lose our way again. It would be a refutation of the forgiveness expressed by those families if we merely slipped into old habits whereby those who disagree with us are not merely wrong, but bad; where we shout instead of listen; where we barricade ourselves behind preconceived notions or well-practiced cynicism.”

  • de castro  On 07/05/2015 at 4:31 pm

    Eloquently put but human nature seldom changes.
    We forget too easily when we should never forget.
    Forgive but never forget.
    Point my finger at the “main stream media” for where we are today.
    Bought and paid for by the corporate and political class.
    One step forward two steps back …..information bias bla bla !
    One cannot help being cynical.
    Shared opinion via social media way forward.

    Exactly what we are doing right now.

    Que sera.

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