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Armstrong Williams: Can't Give In to Hate After Tragedies

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 07:41 PM

Radio talk show host Armstrong Williams, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was among the nine church members killed a year ago in South Carolina, tells Newsmax TV people can't give in to the hate that killers are trying to instill in their attacks.

"You never heal from such a tragedy," Williams told "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner. "I've always said that whether it's someone that I know or someone that I don't know, when we lose someone wherever these massacres take place, a part of all of us dies because we are all part of the same fabric, the same human race."

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Mass shootings such as the one at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 and the one early Sunday at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead are not done by people with mental illness, but are carefully pre-planned Williams said.

Dylan Roof, the Emanuel AME church shooter, said he wanted to start a race war, while Omar Mateen pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) during his attack on Pulse.

"While you may never heal from it, while you'll never forget it, the only way you can be forgiven by your Creator, by our Creator, the only way you can make meaning out of this, the only way you can move on is that you got to forgive and feel and celebrate the lives that they had that were well meaning," he said.

Still, Williams was not hopeful that society will learn from the attacks and stop them. Instead, he said he focuses on personal forgiveness.

"I've never been a person to harbor anger and resentment," he said. "While I may get upset and highly intense by the situation, once I've addressed it and I've communicated it, I've come to the understanding, I let it go. I never come back to a place of anger and hate and emotional trauma because it's like a cancer. It's like a poison that eventually destroys you."

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Radio talk show host Armstrong Williams, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was among the nine church members killed a year ago in South Carolina, tells Newsmax TV people can't give in to the hate that killers are trying to instill in their attacks.
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