The Atlantic Daily: The Aftermath of a Shooting in a South Carolina Church

The story of “Mother Emanuel” church, the debate of visas, and more...

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What’s Happening: A Suspect Has Been Arrested in ‘Hate Crime’ Shooting

Acting on a tip, authorities arrested Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday night’s massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The 21-year-old is believed to have carried out the shooting after sitting with congregants for over an hour, killing nine people.

Suspected hate crime: In a press conference on Thursday, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters “I do believe this was a hate crime.” If it determined to be so, it will fall in with a sad, continuing litany of incidents involving attacks on black churches in America. As Conor Friedersdorf writes in The Atlantic, “Black churches suffered at the hands of thugs and terrorists throughout the Civil Rights era, as they had for a century before, but such attacks aren’t a matter of remote history.”

The history of the church: In a speech on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama nodded to the specific political legacy of “Mother Emanuel” church, which is historically linked to both the civil rights era and the Civil War. In an interview with The Atlantic’s Yoni Appelbaum, Professor Douglas Egerton explained how the oldest church south of the Mason-Dixon Line has remained a pillar of the black community in Charleston and the South.


State Senator Vincent Sheheen sits next to the draped desk of state Senator Clementa Pinckney at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Rainier Ehrhardt / AP)


  • Megan Garber: “Our communications are newly instant and newly distant, and that shift is changing not just the culture at large, but also the way we approach the sparking and the maintenance of relationships.”
  • Bourree Lam: “There are two narratives about America that are wrapped up in the H-1B visa debate: One is that immigrants are taking away American jobs (the evidence for this is mixed), the other that retaining talented immigrants is important for the U.S. economy—particularly the start-up and tech industries.”
  • Russell Berman: “Obama’s trade agenda may be revived, but it is not yet enacted. The Senate next week must vote again on both TPA and TAA, and the strange Obama-GOP alliance will have to hold on to the same dozen or so Democratic senators that supported the trade bills last month.”​

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Evening Read

Emma Green on Pope Francis’s warning to the world about climate change:

Though Church leaders have long spoken up for the environment, Francis has made environmental issues a priority of his papacy. This is the first encyclical that is fully his, and the Catholic Church’s first-ever dedicated entirely to this topic. The pope is offering the world a moral vocabulary for talking about climate change, shifting global attention from the macro solutions of policy summits to the personal ethics of environmental stewardship. In the book of Luke, Jesus looks at the birds and says, ‘Not one of them is forgotten before God.’ In writing Laudato Si, Francis has taken this parable and turned it back on humankind: Policymakers and scientists may try to stop the warming of the earth, but ultimately, we are each responsible for the destruction of creation.


Alexander Hamilton replaced, Lester Holt takes over, McDonald’s cuts back, trade bill passes, Confederate flag plates rejected, and U.S. Open begins.

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