Slain pastor’s remarks: ‘Sometimes you may have to die…’

Slain pastor’s remarks: ‘Sometimes you may have to die…’

In October 2013, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney welcomed a group of civil rights activists to Charleston and to his church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal. In videotaped remarks, later posted on YouTube, Pinckney offered an introduction to the church’s history along with comments about the role of the church in the African American community and the broader American society. Pinckney and eight others were slain at Emanuel on Wednesday night. Here are some excerpts from his welcome:

“What our church and denomination stands for is really — it stands for the universal vision of people being treated fairly under the law, as God sees us in his sight.”

“In around 1822, the church had a minister named Denmark Vesey. Denmark Vesey planned a (slave) insurrection. It was planned so well that once the authorities found out about it, they had a little Guantanamo experiment.” Pinckney said the authorities who interrogated Vesey and his co-conspirators withheld the results of the interrogation for years, “because they were afraid that someone else would pick it up and actually put it into practice.”

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