It is truly very sad that one evil, mentally deranged individual can take the lives of nine great people in, of all places, a historic church during a weekly Bible study session.

If the shooter wanted to start a race war, his act has had just the opposite effect. Fifteen thousand people representing different races and creeds, young and old, linked arms on the Ravenel Bridge to stand against racism and hate.

I commend Mayor Joe Riley, Mayor Keith Summey and Gov. Nikki Haley in their efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

We owe our loyalty to only our United States flag. Remember the words, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Edwin Pearlstine, Jr.

Concord Street

Charleston