Does Dylan Roof deserve the death penalty?

by Jeff Lightsy Jr.

In wake of the shooting that took place in Charleston, South Carolina a great deal of people are still mourning. The citizens of this community will forever be affected by what took place that Wednesday night.

The nine members whose lives where loss
The nine members whose lives where loss

With time passing more fact are unveiled. We have learned that the killer of these 9 people in the Emmanuel AME Church is 21 year old Dylan Roof. This terrorist took the lives of these people simply because they were black. The motive was to simply start a race war and destroy the black community. Roof is currently in custody of the authorities and has admitted to the killing of the members of the Emmanuel AME Church. Now, the question is what to do with Roof?

The death penalty is currently offered in the state of South Carolina. According to ABC News, Dylan Roof’s uncle Carson Cowles says that he would be the one to press the button if his nephew receives the death penalty.

“I’ll be the one to push the button. If he’s found guilty, I’ll be the one to push the button myself,” Cowles said. “If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it.”

emanuel-church-in-charleston-south-carolinaIs this the best solution? Yes, words cannot describe the pain that Roof has inflicted upon the community in Charleston and also across the country. But what will this solve? Killing Dylan Roof does not bring back the lives of those 9 angels that were lost June 17th 2015. Who are we to play God? To take someones life is simply not right no matter what they have done. For those with a religious background, the Bible has a numerous amount of verses that shun killing a man in anyway. I know it is hard to believe that an black man as myself or any one wouldn’t want this racist  to be sentences to death, but that in my eyes would make me just as full of hatred as him.

Jeff Lightsy Jr is a Junior Broadcasting Major at Western Kentucky University. You can contact me through email: , TwitterYoutube, or Facebook.


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