“I can’t even process it; I feel like I’m in a movie,” Dorsey Fairbairn, one of the march organizers, told The Charleston Post and Courier. “The people raised in Charleston are not raised knowing hate — they’re raised in love, and that was obvious tonight... I hope the families feel the honor and the love from this community.”
The uplifting story comes in the midst of yet more disturbing news about the shooting suspect, Roof. Over the weekend, we learned that Earl Holt, the man Roof credits with inspiring his racist extremism, contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of Republican presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul. So far, Cruz and Paul have pledged to return the money.