We're never truly even given a chance to grieve before we're expected to forgive and move on from the trauma that we've experienced. The trauma is hardly even (if it is) recognized before we are expected to move on and forgive. Forgiveness should not be something that is expected. Forgiveness should be earned. What has Dylann Storm Roof done to earn forgiveness? He still stands firm in his conviction of white supremacy. The massacre only occurred a few days ago and the media is already making huge proclamations of forgiveness and peace. This is yet another effort to put a band-aid on the gaping and festering wound that is racism, white supremacy and oppression Why should white supremacists be forgiven for their white supremacist ideologies when a significant portion of this country refuses to even believe that Dylann Storm Roof's terrorist act was mired in racism, sexism, and white supremacy? These proclamations of peace and forgiveness from white media outlets are just a quick fix until the next attack of white supremacy occurs. We don't forgive Dylann Storm Roof and we don't forgive or condone white supremacy.
Lets be clear, we believe in the act of forgiveness and see it as a significant step in the journey towards healing, but only if the act is acknowledged in the first place.