The public display of forgiveness offered to Roof by the families of the victims elicited bipartisan praise from across the country. The president saluted the families for “an expression of faith that is unimaginable but that reflects the goodness of the American people.” How strange it is to see that same administration, and these good people, who once saluted the forgiveness of Roof, presently endorse his killing.

Killing Dylann Roof

Ta-Nehisi Coates on state violence, non-violence as a radical strategy and why the Obama government will kill Dylan Roof, the white supremacist terrorist.