Dylann Roof is the face of evil and racism incarnate. The fact that this 21-year-old man walked into bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC has been forgiven by so many in the congregation baffles me.

On one hand, I get it. Forgiveness because god said so.

On the other hand, f–k that racist bastard and may he burn in hell.

I’m going to need black people to stop being so forgiving. This forgiveness thing has plagued us for centuries. I’m quite sure forgiveness was taught to black people by slave masters, the same people who taught black people Christianity. Isn’t it ironic?

Throughout history, black people have been benevolent and forgiving. And where has that gotten us? It’s gotten the families in South Carolina a white judge who told them in front of a merciless killer that they should forgive.

No other group of people have been expected to be so forgiving to those who’ve hated, killed and made them second class citizens. Has anyone yet asked or expected Holocaust survivors to forgive?

Roof’s act of domestic terrorism was a calculated and premeditated act. Fuck forgiving him.

And for those who say that forgiveness some how makes your heart better? Show me receipts and prove it.
And for the love of god, stop assuming just because you don’t forgive someone, means that you’re living with a heart filled with hatred. Forgiveness and hatred does not go hand in hand.

If I accidentally step on your foot and apologize and you forgive me. Cool.

If I purposefully step on your foot, and let you know it was done on purpose and I don’t apologize and you don’t forgive. Guess what? You’re in your every right not to forgive me.

Forgiveness isn’t deserving when acts are deliberate.

And let’s just squash this misconception about being an unforgiving person. Just because you’re unforgiving, doesn’t mean that you’re hateful. It means you’re human. Also, being unforgiving doesn’t mean you’re absolving someone from their wrongs.

To those families in South Carolina who were affected by Roof’s act of racism and violence, I understand why you feel the need to forgive. But I don’t understand why you feel it’s necessary. He’s not sorry for anything he’s done. The bible says a lot of things that have been open to interpretation, and forgiveness is one of them.

Just because god forgives, doesn’t mean you have to.



Yesha Callahan is a staff writer with The Root and co-creator of Passing – The Comic.

This post originally appeared on YeshaCallahan.com. Reposted with permission.

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  • binks

    I agree, I wouldn’t and don’t forgive this thug. To be fair, I am kind of a hard nut to crack but not forgiving someone doesn’t make you weak nor does it mean that the person have a hold on you or you are filled with bitterness, hatred, or can’t truly heal. I can’t forgive him because did he express remorse? Sorrow? Empathy? Has his family? Is he personally working towards forgiveness? Does he want to change? NO. Forgiveness is a two way street. Honestly, he does not deserve these kind people’s words and forgiveness and I am not obligated to forgive you. NOTE: Not forgiving you doesn’t mean I hate you or wish bad on you. This thug baggage is not apart of the baggage of my life/spirit and in the words of Evelyn Lozada he would be a non-motherf**king factor. What he deliberately did showed his true being and his true actions and that kind of evil doesn’t and shouldn’t be forgiven. His actions is his cross to bear and if he is a man of faith then one day he will have to take that up with God. Sometimes, I feel like we are conditioned to say I am sorry or I forgive you even when something isn’t our fault or something evil happens to us when that shouldn’t be the case. Don’t get me wrong, if you truly want to forgive that is fine but I don’t think that should be an automatic response, please take time to reflect, heal and mourn before you give your forgiveness and blessings. You don’t owe anyone your forgivness nor is forgiveness is on a timeline.

  • Darkness901

    The writer said it right. We are quick to receive hatred and quick to forgive. When do we draw the line? The line has been crossed so many time in the past four years. Hell, the line has been crossed for decades. Yet, we continue to turn the other cheek? What will it take? Another incident such as those 9 beautiful lives taken away by pure hatred?

    Getting the attention of the nation is not enough. Getting the confederate flag taken down is not enough. It is time to show this nation that we as a people are not a door mat. Our issues are just as important as the others. There shouldn’t be a Trayvon or a church massacre before our voices are heard and taken SERIOUSLY!

    We have the power! Damn forgiveness! Fight back by voting and putting your money where it benefits us as a people. Seek hard justice for this monster! Let that monster know that we will push the envelope until he is strapped to that table and given the 3-Shots that will end his hate filled life. The time for passiveness and for forgiveness is over.

    My forgiveness tank is at an all time low…


    I commend the victims’ families for having the courage to forgive this terrorist this early. My atheist self wouldn’t. Someone please make this fool swallow his birth certificate. If you know what I mean…

  • Chazz A

    The decision to forgive is an emotional and personal journey. I won’t ridicule the family members for their personal decision.
    However, there is no way I could forgive this racist, drug addicted thug for taking the life of my family member! I would push for absolute justice instead!