Hello Fellow DroidForum members, My Facebook account is full of posts regarding the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, SC, from friends and family, so I didn't feel the need to post yet another soapbox like comment there. I however, felt that since being a member of DroidForums, and there not being many, if any, posts here regarding the subject, I felt compelled to express my outrage among my Android "friends and family" of almost 5 years. I am sickened and saddened by all the hate that exists in this country regarding race and/or color. This nation is a nation of former immigrants and enslaved people, who are now citizens of United States of America. We share a common heritage that breeded from hate of people of color, the Natives of this country, the Chinese who worked here on railroads, the Africans from various western countries who worked in fields building the cotton industry, tobacco, working on railroads, etc, the Irish who came here to start a new life, and build something more from the ground up helping to bring justice and form the bodies of firefighters, the Italians who brought rich culture, and heritage, etc, so forth and so on. So many diverse generations come and gone who have lived and worked in this nation for hundreds of years. After all this time, living and working together for so long, how could we still be a nation of racism??? This is almost maddening to think about. Why are people still taught to hate those different from themselves? Why aren't people taught to appreciate the differences in others? Here we have a 21 year old man that hated people so much, that he sat with them in a church, only to execute them after a bible study. I think about the church burnings that happened in the south. One event that comes to mind is when a church was burned with young girls in it. It almost seems like stuff like this only happens in a person's nightmares and would never really happen, especially in our country, but it did and still does. I think we need to start thinking about the consequences of turning a blind eye to symbols of hate. The only flags that should be raised in any state government institution is the state flag and the United States of America flag (maybe also a POW flag). Any other flag is not conducive to a country of diversity, and inclusion. I challenge you to not repeat racist comments no matter who they come from. I challenge you to talk to those in your family who say and do things that mirror a racist culture, and let them know that it is not OK. I challenge everyone to stop, and take a moment to think about recent events that have occurred because someone hated another group because they were different, and move to think "differently".