Reconstruction: America After The Civil War on PBS was timely and very informative. My book, Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead explored the period of reconstruction in the state of Virginia. I performed countless hours of research. Thus, I was intrigued by the PBS documentary, which including Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Louis Henry Gates, among others. Reconstruction retold the massacre of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in June 2015 by Dylann Roof. It implied the roots of the tragedy came from a long history of white terror against African Americans, and was connected to reconstruction.

In my opinion, it was the assassination of Senator Clementa Pinckney – Emanuel’s pastor. Witnesses said Roof asked for Pinckney by name, and sat near him during bible study. Roof shot Pinckney first; he turned on the other church members after they attempted to subdue him.
In August 2018 I spoke at Trump And The Global Economy with Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal of Missouri and economics Professor Lance Brofman. Around the 11:15 minute mark of the following video I addressed Pinckney’s assassination:


When you let these laws (fester) – Clinton passed this law about three strikes and you’re out – there were only a few politicians that spoke out against it. Now you have one in three black men locked up simply for being black … Now you have the young white kid, Dylann Roof … he probably doesn’t know a world where you don’t have one in three black men locked up …
When Clementa Pinckney was on the senate floor saying that “We think police officers should have body cameras,” I think the young kid (Roof) was thinking that “They’re taking away my rights.”


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