Thanks to The Post and Courier for excellent coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church. I especially appreciated the sensitive portrayals of the wonderful people whose lives ended so tragically.

A June 19 editorial referred to the vicious coward who murdered them as a “lone, deranged person,” a phrase that might obscure the heart of the problem he represents.

If the alleged killer were simply an isolated insane person it would be much easier to bear. In fact, he belongs to a large group of people who avow the same vile, racist beliefs that fueled his murderous rage, a group of people who affiliate themselves with symbols of white supremacy, especially favoring the flag of apartheid South Africa, which he wore on his breast, and the Confederate flag, which he attached to his car.

It would be comforting, too, if we could legitimately perceive that especially loathsome group of people as entirely distinct from a much, much larger community of individuals who enable the violence we have seen this week by refusing to acknowledge its source.

The murderer’s clear intention was to terrorize African Americans in particular by invading a place that represents their loving community, their proud history and their resilient strength.

Anyone who ignores this becomes part of a much larger problem: a stubborn refusal to acknowledge the racism that abides in our city, our state and our nation.

Tim Carens

Wayne Street

Mount Pleasant