Osita Nwanevu discusses the question here.
From What’s Wrong? Advisory Board member Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Strawberry Ice Cream for Breakfast
(First appeared in Free Inquiry)
Outside my window, all is pink and green.
Pink is my favorite color, I told them.
They gave me a room overlooking the pink garden.
They have wallpaper with pretty, pink swirls.
They feed me whatever I like —
Strawberry ice cream for breakfast.
Here in this hospice, they want you to die happy.
They think a happy life makes you content to die.
Do they think a happy marriage makes you content to divorce?
Rebecca Dresser comments here.
What’s Wrong? is pleased to publish this original contribution from philosopher Bonnie Steinbock.
On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof shot ten parishioners at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine of whom died. In December 2016, he was found guilty of all 33 charges in the Charleston Church shooting, including multiple counts of committing a hate crime against black victims and using a firearm to commit murder. On January 10, 2017, the same jury that found him guilty decided that he should receive the death penalty.
Mr. Roof never showed any remorse for the killing, which he said he had to do, because black people were killing white people every day. In a jailhouse manifesto he wrote after the attack, he said, “I would like to make it crystal clear. I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”
During a bond hearing two days after the shooting, five family members of the victims addressed Mr. Roof, telling him that they forgave him. Some urged him to confess and repent, and to be saved by Christ, but their forgiveness apparently was not contingent on his doing so. Continue reading