English Subtitles for Obama Delivers Eulogy for Charleston Pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney



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[ ORGAN PLAYING ] [ APPLAUSE ]

I AM TOLD THAT IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE HONORABLE BARACK OBAMA, WILL COME AT THIS TIME. [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERING ] [ CHEERING ] [ APPLAUSE ]

[ CHEERING ] [ ORGAN PLAYING ] >>PRESIDENT: GIVING ALL PRAISE AND HONOR TO GOD! [ APPLAUSE ] THE BIBLE CALLS US TO HOPE, TO PERSEVERE AND HAVE FAITH IN THINGS NOT SEEN. THEY WERE STILL LIVING BY FAITH WHEN THEY DIED, THE SCRIPTURE TELLS US. [ APPLAUSE ]

THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE THINGS PROMISED. THEY ONLY SAW THEM AND WELCOMED THEM FROM A DISTANCE. ADMITTING THAT THEY WERE FOREIGNERS AND STRANGERS ON EARTH. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO REMEMBER A MAN OF GOD WHO LIVED BY FAITH. A MAN WHO BELIEVED IN THINGS

NOT SEEN. A MAN WHO BELIEVED THERE WERE BETTER DAYS AHEAD. OFF IN THE DISTANCE. A MAN OF SERVICE WHO PERSEVERED KNOWING FULL WELL HE WOULD NOT RECEIVE ALL THOSE THINGS HE WAS PROMISED BECAUSE HE BELIEVED HIS EFFORTS WOULD DELIVER A BETTER LIFE FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOWED.

TO JENNIFER, HIS BELOVED WIFE, MALANA AND ELIANA, HIS BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS, TO THE MOTHER EMANUEL FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE OF CHARLESTON AND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. I CANNOT CLAIM TO HAVE THE GOOD FORTUNE TO KNOW REVEREND PINCKNEY WELL, BUT I DID HAVE THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM.

AND MEETING HIM HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA BACK WHEN WE WERE BOTH A LITTLE BIT YOUNGER. [ LAUGHTER ] BACK WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE VISIBLE GRAY HAIR. [ LAUGHTER ] AND THE FIRST THING I NOTICED WAS HIS GRACIOUSNESS, HIS SMILE, HIS REASSURING BARITONE, HIS

DECEPTIVE SENSE OF HUMOR, ALL QUALITIES THAT HELPED HIM WEAR A HEAVY BURDEN OF EXPECTATION. FRIENDS OF HIS REMARKED THIS WEEK THAT WHEN CLEMENTA PINCKNEY ENTERED A ROOM IT WAS LIKE THE FUTURE ARRIVAL THAT EVEN FROM A YOUNG AGE, FOLKS KNEW HE WAS SPECIAL. AN ANOINTING. HE WAS THE PROGENY OF A

LONG LINE OF FAITHFUL, A FAMILY OF PREACHERS WHO SPREAD GOD'S WORD, A FAMILY OF PROTESTERS WHO SO CHANGED TO EXPAND VOTING RIGHTS AND DESEGREGATE THE SOUTH. CLEM HEARD THEIR INSTRUCTION AND DID NOT FORSAKE THEIR TEACHING. HE WAS IN THE PULPIT BY 13. PASTOR BY 18. PUBLIC SERVANT BY 23.

HE DID NOT EXHIBIT ANY OF THE COCKINESS OF YOUTH OR YOUTH INSECURITY. INSTEAD, HE SET AN EXAMPLE WORTHY OF HIS POSITION. WISE BEYOND HIS YEARS. AND IN HIS SPEECH, IN HIS CONDUCT, IN HIS LOVE, FAITH AND PURITY. AS A SENATOR, HE REPRESENTED A SPRAWLING SWATH OF LOWCOUNTRY, A PLACE THAT HAS

BEEN LONG NEGLECTED IN AMERICA. A PLACE STILL RIGHT BY POVERTY AND INADEQUATE SCHOOLS. A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN CAN STILL GO HUNGRY AND THE SICK CAN GO WITHOUT TREATMENT. A PLACE THAT NEEDED SOMEBODY LIKE CLEM. [ APPLAUSE ] HIS POSITION IN THE MINORITY

PARTY MEANT THE ODDS OF WINNING MORE RESOURCES FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS WERE OFTEN LONG. HIS CALLS FOR GREATER EQUITY WERE TOO OFTEN UNHEEDED. THE VOTES HE CAST WERE SOMETIMES LONELY. BUT HE NEVER GAVE UP. HE STAYED TRUE TO HIS CONVICTIONS. HE WOULD NOT GROW

DISCOURAGED. AFTER A FULL DAY AT THE CAPITOL, HE'D CLIMB IN HIS CAR AND HEAD TO THE CHURCH TO DRAW US IS TINNANCE FROM HIS FAMILY, FROM HIS MINISTRY, FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT LOVED AND NEEDED HIM THERE, HE WOULD FORTIFY HIS FAITH AND IMAGINE WHAT MIGHT BE. REVEREND PINCKNEY EMBODIED A

POLITICS THAT WAS NEITHER MEAN NOR SMALL. HE CONDUCTED HIMSELF QUIETLY AND KINDLY AND DILIGENTLY. HE ENCOURAGED PROGRESS NOT BY PUSHING HIS IDEAS ALONE BUT BY SEEKING OUT YOUR IDEAS, PARTNERING WITH YOU TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. HE WAS FULL OF EMPATHY AND FELLOW FEELINGS, ABLE TO WALK IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S

SHOES AND SEE THROUGH THEIR EYES. ONE OF THE SENATE COLLEAGUES REMEMBERED SENATOR PINCKNEY HAS THE MOST GENTLE OF THE 46 OF US. THE BEST OF THE 46 OF US. CLEM WAS OFTEN ASKED WHY HE CHOSE TO BE A PASTOR AND A PUBLIC SERVANT, BUT THE PERSON WHO ASKED PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW THE HISTORY OF

THE AME CHURCH. [ APPLAUSE ] AS OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE AME CHURCH KNOW, WE DON'T MAKE THOSE DISTINCTIONS. [ LAUGHTER ] OUR CALLING, CLEM, ONCE SAID, IS NOT JUST WITH IN THE WALLS OF THE CONGREGATION BUT THE LIFE AND COMMUNITY IN WHICH OUR

CONGREGATION RESIDES. HE EMBODIED THE IDEA THAT OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH DEMANDS DEEDS AND NOT JUST WORKS, THAT THE SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER ACTUALLY LASTS THE WHOLE WEEK LONG. THAT TO PUT OUR FAITH IN ACTION IS MORE THAN JUST INDIVIDUAL SALVATION, IT'S ABOUT OUR COLLECTIVE SALVATION, THAT TO FEED THE

HUNGRY AND CLOTHE THE NAKED AND HOUSE THE HOMELESS IS NOT JUST A CALL FOR ISOLATED CHARITY BUT THE IMPERATIVE OF A JUST SOCIETY. WHAT A GOOD MAN. SOMETIMES I THINK THAT'S THE BEST THING TO HOPE FOR WHEN YOU'RE EULOGIZED. AFTER ALL THE WORDS AND EVERYTHING IS READ, JUST TO SAY SOMEBODY WAS A GOOD MAN.

[ APPLAUSE ] YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE OF HIGH STATION TO BE A GOOD MAN. PREACHER BY 13, PASTOR BY 18, PUBLIC SERVANT BY 23. WHAT A LIFE CLEMENTA PINCKNEY LIVED. WHAT AN EXAMPLE HE SET. WHAT A MODEL FOR HIS FAITH. AND THEN TO LOSE HIM AT 41, SLAIN IN HIS SANCTUARY WITH

EIGHT WONDERFUL MEMBERS OF HIS FLOCK, EACH A DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE BUT BOUND TOGETHER BY A COMMON COMMITMENT TO GOD. CYNTHIA HURD, SUSIE JACKSON, ETHEL LANCE, DePAYNE MIDDLETON DOCTOR, TYWANZA SANDERS, DANIEL L. SIMMONS, SHARONDA COLEMAN SINGLETON,

MYRA THOMPSON, GOOD PEOPLE, DECENT PEOPLE, GOD-FEARING PEOPLE. [ APPLAUSE ] PEOPLE SO FULL OF LIFE AND SO FULL OF KINDNESS, PEOPLE WHO RAN THE RACE, WHO PERSEVERED, PEOPLE OF GREAT FAITH. TO THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN, THE NATION SHARES IN

YOUR GRIEF. OUR PAIN CUTS THAT MUCH DEEPER BECAUSE IT HAPPENED IN A CHURCH. THE CHURCH IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN THE CENTER OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE. [ APPLAUSE ] A PLACE TO CALL OUR OWN IN A TOO OFTEN HOSTILE WORLD, A SANCTUARY FROM SO MANY HARDSHIPS.

OVER THE COURSE OF CENTURIES , BLACK CHURCHES SERVED AS HUSH HARBORS WHERE SLAVES COULD WORSHIP IN SAFETY. PRAISE HOUSES WHERE THEY COULD GATHER AND SHOUT HALLELUJAH. REST STOPS FOR THE WARY ALONG THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, BUNKERS FOR THE FOOT SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL

RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THEY HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE COMMUNITY CENTERS WHERE WE ORGANIZE FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE, PLACES OF SCHOLARSHIP AND NETWORK. PLACES WHERE CHILDREN ARE LOVED AND FED AND KEPT OUT OF HARM'S WAY AND TOLD THAT THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AND SMART AND TAUGHT THAT THEY MATTER. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN

CHURCH. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT'S WHAT THE BLACK CHURCH MEANS. OUR BEATING HEART. THE PLACE WHERE OUR DIGNITY AS A PEOPLE IS EMBATTLED AND THERE'S NO BETTER EXAMPLE OF THIS TRADITION THAN MOTHER EMANUEL. [ APPLAUSE ] A CHURCH--

[ APPLAUSE ] A CHURCH BUILT BY BLACKS SEEKING LIBERTY, BURNED TO THE GROUND BECAUSE ITS FOUNDER SOUGHT TO END SLAVERY ONLY TO RISE UP AGAIN A PHOENIX FROM THESE ASHES. [ APPLAUSE ] WHEN THERE WERE LAWS BANNING ALL-BLACK CHURCH GATHERINGS, SERVICES HAPPENED HERE

ANYWAY IN DEFIANCE OF UNJUST LOSS. WHEN THERE WAS A RIGHTEOUS MOVEMENT TO DISMANTLE JIM CROWE, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PREACHED FROM HIS PULPIT AND MARCHES BEGAN FROM ITS STEPS. A SACRED PLACE, THIS CHURCH. NOT JUST FOR BLACKS, NOT JUST FOR CHRISTIANS, BUT FOR EVERY AMERICAN WHO CARES

ABOUT THE STEADY EXPANSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY IN THIS COUNTRY, A FOUNDATION STONE FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THAT'S WHAT THE CHURCH MEANT. [ APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERING ] [ APPLAUSE CONTINUES ] WE DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THE KILLER OF REVEREND PINCKNEY

AND EIGHT OTHERS KNEW ALL OF THIS HISTORY, BUT HE SURELY SENSED THE MEANING OF HIS VIOLENT ACT. IT WAS AN ACT THAT DREW ON A LONG HISTORY OF BOMBS AND ARSON AND SHOTS FIRED AT CHURCHES, NOT RANDOM BUT AS A MEANS OF CONTROL, A WAY TO TERRORIZE AND OPPRESS. [ APPLAUSE ] AN ACT THAT HE IMAGINED

WOULD INSIGHT FEAR AND RECRIMINATION, VIOLENCE AND SUSPICION. AN ACT THAT HE PRESUMED WOULD DEEPEN DIVISIONS THAT TRACE BACK TO OUR NATION'S ORIGINAL SIN. OH, BUT GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] GOD HAS DIFFERENT IDEAS! [ APPLAUSE ]

HE DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS BEING USED BY GOD! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] BLINDED BY HATRED, THE ALLEGED KILLER COULD NOT SEE THE GRACE SURROUNDING REVEREND PINCKNEY AND THAT BIBLE STUDY GROUP. THE LIGHT OF LOVE THAT SHOWN AS THEY OPENED THE CHURCH DOORS AND INVITED A STRANGER TO JOIN IN THEIR

PRAYER SERVICE. THE ALLEGED KILLER COULD NEVER HAVE ANTICIPATED THE WAY THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN WOULD RESPOND WHEN THEY SAW HIM IN COURT IN THE MIDST OF UNSPEAKABLE GRIEF WITH WORDS OF FORGIVENESS. HE COULDN'T IMAGINE THAT! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE ALLEGED KILLER COULD NOT IMAGINE HOW THE CITY OF

CHARLES, UNDER THE GOOD AND WISE MAYORSHIP OF MAYOR RILEY, HOW THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD RESPOND NOT MERELY WITH REVULSION OF HIS EVIL ACT BUT WITH BIG-HEARTED GENEROSITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WITH A THOUGHTFUL INTROSPECTION THAT WOO SO RARELY SEE IN

PUBLIC LIFE. BLINDED BY HATRED, HE FAILED TO COMPREHEND WHAT REVEREND PINCKNEY SO WELL UNDERSTOOD, THE POWER OF GOD'S GRACE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ALL WEEK, I'VE BEEN REFLECTING ON THIS IDEA OF GRACE. [ APPLAUSE ] THE GRACE OF THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES, THE

GRACE THAT REVEREND PINCKNEY WOULD PREACH ABOUT IN HIS SERMONS, THE GRACE DESCRIBED IN ONE OF MY FAVORITE HYMNALS, THE ONE WE ALL KNOW, AMAZING GRACE. HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME. I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I'M FOUND, WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE. [ ORGAN PLAYING ]

[ APPLAUSE ] [ ORGAN PLAYING "AMAZING GRACE" ] ACCORDING TO THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION, GRACE IS NOT EARNED. GRACE IS NOT MERITED. IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE DESERVE. RATHER GRACE IS THE FREE AND BENEVOLENT FAVOR OF GOD. [ APPLAUSE ]

AS MANIFESTED IN THE SALVATION OF SINNERS AND THE BESTOWAL OF BLESSINGS, GRACE, AS A NATION OUT OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, GOD HAS VISITED GRACE UPON US. FOR HE HAS ALLOWED US TO SEE WHERE WE'VE BEEN BLIND. [ APPLAUSE ] HE'S GIVEN US THE CHANCE WHERE WE'VE BEEN LOST TO FIND OUR BEST SELFS.

WE MAY NOT HAVE EARNED IT, THIS GRACE, WITH OUR RANKER AND COMPLACENCY AND SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS AND FEAR OF EACH OTHER, BUT WE GOT IT ALL THE SAME. HE GAVE IT TO US ANYWAY. HE'S ONCE MORE GIVEN US GRACE, BUT IT IS UP TO US NOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT, TO RECEIVE IT WITH GRATITUDE AND TO PROVE OURSELVES

WORTHY OF THIS GIFT. FOR TOO LONG, WE WERE BLIND TO THE PAIN THAT THE CONFEDERATE FLAG STIRRED IN TOO MANY OF OUR CITIZENS. [ APPLAUSE ] IT'S TRUE A FLAG DID NOT CAUSE THESE MURDERS, BUT AS PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, NOW ACKNOWLEDGE, INCLUDING GOVERNOR HALEY,

WHOSE RECENT ELOQUENCE ON THE SUBJECT IS WORTHY OF PRAISE. [ APPLAUSE ] AS WE ALL HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FLAG HAS ALWAYS REPRESENTED MORE THAN JUST ANCESTRAL PRIDE. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR MANY, BLACK AND WHITE, THAT FLAG WAS A REMINDER OF SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION AND

RACIAL SUBJUGATION. WE SEE THAT NOW. REMOVING THE FLAG FROM THE STATE CAPITOL WOULD NOT BE AN ACT OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. IT WOULD NOT AN INSULT TO THE VALOR OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS. IT WOULD SIMPLY BE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT THE CAUSE FOR WHICH THEY FOUGHT,

THE CAUSE OF SLAVERY WAS WRONG. [ APPLAUSE ] THE IMPOSITION OF JIM CROWE AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, THE RESISTANCE OF CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE WAS WRONG. IT WOULD BE ONE STEP IN AN HONEST ACCOUNTING IN AMERICA'S HISTORY. A MODEST BUT MEANINGFUL BALM FOR SO MANY UNHEALED WOUNDS.

IT WOULD BE AN EXPRESSION OF THE AMAZING CHANGES THAT HAVE TRANSFORMED THIS STATE AND THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER. BECAUSE THE WORK OF SO MANY PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL, PEOPLE OF ALL RACES STRIVING TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION. BY TAKING DOWN THAT FLAG, WE EXPRESS GOD'S GRACE. [ APPLAUSE ]

BUT I DON'T THINK GOD WANTS TO STOP THERE. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR TOO LONG, WE'VE BEEN BLIND TO THE WAY PAST INJUSTICES CONTINUE TO SHAPE THE PRESENT. PERHAPS WE SEE THAT NOW. PERHAPS THIS TRAGEDY CAUSES US TO ASK SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE CAN PERMIT SO MANY OF OUR

CHILDREN TO LANGUISH IN POVERTY. OR ATTEND DILAPIDATED SCHOOLS OR GROW UP WITHOUT PROSPECTS FOR A JOB OR FOR CAREER. PERHAPS IT WILL CAUSE US TO EXAMINE WHAT WE'RE DOING TO CAUSE OUR CHILDREN TO HATE. [ APPLAUSE ] PERHAPS, IT SOFTENS HEARTS TOWARD THOSE LOST YOUNG MEN,

TENS AND TENS OF THOUSANDS CAUGHT UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND LEAD US TO MAKE SURE THAT SYSTEM IS NOT INFECTED WITH BIAS, THAT WE EMBRACE CHANGES IN HOW WE TRAIN AND EQUIP OUR POLICE SO THE BONDS OF TRUST BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE MAKE US SAFER AND MORE SECURE.

[ APPLAUSE ] MAYBE WE NOW REALIZE THE WAY RACIAL BIAS CAN INFECT US EVEN WHEN WE DON'T REALIZE IT. SO THAT WE'RE GUARDING AGAINST NOT JUST RACIAL SLURS BUT WE'RE ALSO GUARDING AGAINST THE SUDDEN IMPULSE TO CALL JOHNNY BACK FOR A JOB INTERVIEW BUT NOT JAMAL.

[ APPLAUSE ] [ SCATTERED LAUGHTER ] SO THAT WE SEARCH OUR HEARTS WHEN WE CONSIDER LAWS TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR SOME OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE. [ APPLAUSE ] BY RECOGNIZING OUR COMMON HUMANITY, BY TREATING EVERY CHILD AS IMPORTANT REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN OR THE

STATION INTO WHICH THEY WERE BORN AND TO DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO MAKE OPPORTUNITY REAL FOR EVERY AMERICAN! BY DOING THAT, WE EXPRESS GOD'S GRACE! [ APPLAUSE ] FOR TOO LONG-- [ AUDIENCE CALLS FOR PRESIDENT ] FOR TOO LONG, WE'VE BEEN

BLIND TO THE UNIQUE MAYHEM THAT GUN VIOLENCE INFLICTS UPON THIS NATION. [ APPLAUSE ] SPORADICALLY OUR EYES ARE OPEN. WHEN EIGHT OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE CUT DOWN IN A CHURCH BASEMENT, 12 IN A MOVIE THEATER AND 26 IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND I HOPE WE ALSO SEE THAT 30 PRECIOUS

LIVES CUT SHORT BY GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE SURVIVORS CRIPPLE, THE CHILDREN TRAUMATIZED AND FEARFUL EVERY DAY AS THEY WALK TO SCHOOL. THE HUSBAND WHO WILL NEVER FEEL HIS WIFE'S WARM TOUCH. THE ENTIRE COMMUNITIES AS GRIEF OVERFLOWS EVERY TIME THEY HAVE TO WATCH WHAT

HAPPENED TO THEM HAPPEN AS SOME OTHER PLACE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, THE MAJORITY OF GUN OWNERS WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. WE SEE THAT NOW. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I'M CONVINCED BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE PAIN AND LOSS OF OTHERS, EVEN AS WE RESPECT THE TRADITIONS AND

WAYS OF LIFE THAT MAKE UP THIS BELOVED COUNTRY BY MAKING THE MORAL CHOICE TO CHANGE WE EXPRESS GOD'S GRACE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE DON'T EARN GRACE. WE'RE ALL SINNERS. WE DON'T DESERVE IT. BUT GOD GIVES IT TO US ANYWAY AND WE CHOOSE HOW TO RECEIVE IT.

IT'S OUR DECISION HOW TO HONOR IT. NONE OF US CAN OR SHOULD EXPECT A TRANSFORMATION IN RACE RELATIONS OVERNIGHT. EVERY TIME SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS, SOMEBODY SAYS, WE HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT RACE. THERE'S NO SHORTCUT. WE DON'T NEED MORE TALK.

[ APPLAUSE ] NONE OF US SHOULD BELIEVE THAT A HANDFUL OF GUN SAFETY MEASURES WILL PREVENT EVERY TRAGEDY. IT WILL NOT. PEOPLE OF GOODWILL WILL CONTINUE TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF VARIOUS POLICIES. AS OUR DEMOCRACY REQUIRES, THERE'S A BIG RAUCOUS PLACE AMERICA IS, AND THERE ARE

GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THESE DEBATES. WHATEVER SOLUTIONS WE FIND WILL NECESSARILY BE INCOMPLETE. BUT IT WOULD BE A BETRAYAL OF EVERYTHING REVEREND PINCKNEY STOOD FOR, I BELIEVE, IF WE ALLOWED OUR SELVES TO SLIP INTO A COMFORTABLE SILENCE AGAIN. [ APPLAUSE ]

ONCE THE EULOGIES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED, ONCE THE TV CAMERAS MOVE ON, TO GO BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL, THAT'S WHAT WE SO OFTEN DO. TO AVOID UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS ABOUT THE PREJUDICE THAT STILL INFECTS OUR SOCIETY. [ APPLAUSE ] TO SETTLE FOR SYMBOLIC GESTURES WITHOUT FOLLOWING

UP WITH THE HARD WORK OF MORE LASTING CHANGE. THAT'S HOW WE LOSE OUR WAY AGAIN. IT WOULD BE A REPUTATION OF THE FORGIVENESS EXPRESSED BY THOSE FAMILIES IF WE MERELY SLIPPED INTO OLD HABITS WHEREBY THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH US ARE NOT MERELY WRONG BUT BAD, WHERE WE SHOUT INSTEAD OF LISTEN, WHERE WE

BARRICADE OURSELVES BEHIND PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS OR WELL-PRACTICED CYNICISM. REVEREND PINCKNEY ONCE SAID, ACROSS THE SOUTH, WE HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION OF HISTORY. WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS HAD A DEEP APPRECIATION OF EACH OTHER'S HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ] WHAT IS TRUE IN THE SOUTH IS TRUE FOR AMERICA.

CLEM UNDERSTOOD THAT JUSTICE GROWS OUT OF RECOGNITION. OF OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER. AND MY LIBERTY DEPENDS ON YOU BEING FREE, TOO. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT HISTORY CAN'T BE A SWORD TO JUSTIFY INJUSTICE OR A SHIELD AGAINST PROGRESS. THERE MUST BE A MANUAL TO NOT REPEAT THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST, BREAK THE CYCLE, A

ROADWAY TOWARD A BETTER WORLD. HE KNEW THAT THE PATH OF GRACE INVOLVES AN OPEN MIND, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY AN OPEN HEART. THAT'S WHAT I FELT THIS WEEK, AN OPEN HEART. THAT MORE THAN ANY PARTICULAR POLICY OR ANALYSIS IS WHAT'S CALLED UPON RIGHT NOW, I THINK.

WHAT A FRIEND OF MINE, THE WRITER MARILYN ROBINSON CALLS, THE RESERVOIR OF GOODNESS BEYOND AND OF ANOTHER KIND, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO EACH OTHER IN THE ORDINARY CAUSE OF THANKS. THAT RESERVOIR OF GOODNESS. IF WE CAN FIND THAT GRACE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. [ APPLAUSE ] IF WE CAN TAP THAT GRACE,

EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE. AMAZING GRACE, AMAZING GRACE. AMAZING GRACE [ SCATTERED LAUGHTER ] HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I SEE WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE [ APPLAUSE ]

CLEMENTA PINCKNEY FOUND THAT GRACE, CYNTHIA HURD FOUND THAT GRACE! SUSIE JACKSON FOUND THAT GRACE! ETHEL LANCE FOUND THAT GRACE! TYWANZA SANDERS FOUND THAT GRACE! DANIEL SIMMONS, SR. FOUND THAT GRACE! MYRA THOMPSON FOUND THAT

GRACE! THROUGH THE EXAMPLE OF THEIR LIVES, THEY PASSED IT ONTO US. MAY WE FIND OURSELVES WORTHY OF THAT PRECIOUS AND EXTRAORDINARY GIFT. AS LONG AS OUR LIVES ENDURE, MAY GRACE NOW LEAD THEM HOME, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO SHED HIS GRACE ON THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]



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