The Charleston Church Shooting Was an Act of Terrorism, Pure and Simple

When a gunman took aim at the prayer group inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina — a symbol of hard-won black freedom in the South — the all-black congregation wasn’t a random target.
Although the killing of six women and three men inside "Mother Emanuel" will be prosecuted as a hate crime, government officials seem to have gone out of their way to avoid labeling this as "terrorism."
Yet there can be no doubt that the church shooting was an act designed to spread terror and fear among black people in Charleston.
The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, admitted as much, reportedly telling police that he wanted to start a "race war."