UPDATE: This one hits home for me in a very visceral way. I was born in SC and grew up in Shelby, NC, where authorities caught the perpetrator this afternoon. After 20 years up North, I now live in Atlanta, 4.5 hours drive from Charleston. I know from painful first-hand experience the ferocity of the racism and hatred that rumbles around just below the surface in this part of the world. The novel I'm working on now, my second, focuses on hatred in the contemporary South, racism, organized anti-governmental politics, militias, stochastic "lone wolf" terrorism, etc.
Shortly after posting, Nikki Haley, the current Governor of the State of South Carolina, came on TV and, crying, claimed that the heart and soul of SC was broken. No, Governor, the heart and soul of SC flies proudly and unapologetically in front of your office building (see above). It encourages and emboldens the sort of mindset that leads people to do such xenophobic, terroristic violence. Will you fly your treasonous flag at half staff to honor the dead?