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Preacher Sets Himself On Fire To Inspire Justice For African Americans
A Texas pastor who spent his life fighting against racial discrimination hoped his death might advance the cause.
Charles Moore, 79, set himself on fire last month in a strip mall parking lot in Grand Saline — his childhood home where he first witnessed racism.
Police released his suicide note this week to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
"Many African-Americans were lynched around here," he wrote. "I have decided to join them by giving my body to be burned," he wrote.
Moore, a retired United Methodist Minister, drove to Grand Saline on June 23, parked next to a dollar store and poured gasoline on himself.
Then he set himself on fire, police said.
"When I was about 10 years old, some friends and I were walking down the road toward the creek to catch some fish, when a man called ‘Uncle Billy’ stopped us and called us into his home for a drink of water — but his real purpose was to cheerily tell us about helping to kill ‘n—s’ and put their heads up on a pole," he wrote.
He continued: “A section of Grande Saline was (maybe still is) called ‘pole town,’ where the heads were displayed. It was years later before I knew what the name meant.”
He left more letters before he died
Moore dedicated his life to social justice.
But he didn’t believe that was enough.
"I have no significant achievements to offer," he wrote in one letter. "So I am laying down my life here today, in order to call attention to issues of great human concern."
In his final letter, he noted that he died “with love in (his) heart” for the victims as racism and “the perpetrators of such horrors.”
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Preacher Sets Himself On Fire To Inspire Justice For African Americans

A Texas pastor who spent his life fighting against racial discrimination hoped his death might advance the cause.

Charles Moore, 79, set himself on fire last month in a strip mall parking lot in Grand Saline — his childhood home where he first witnessed racism.

Police released his suicide note this week to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

"Many African-Americans were lynched around here," he wrote. "I have decided to join them by giving my body to be burned," he wrote.

Moore, a retired United Methodist Minister, drove to Grand Saline on June 23, parked next to a dollar store and poured gasoline on himself.

Then he set himself on fire, police said.

"When I was about 10 years old, some friends and I were walking down the road toward the creek to catch some fish, when a man called ‘Uncle Billy’ stopped us and called us into his home for a drink of water — but his real purpose was to cheerily tell us about helping to kill ‘n—s’ and put their heads up on a pole," he wrote.

He continued: “A section of Grande Saline was (maybe still is) called ‘pole town,’ where the heads were displayed. It was years later before I knew what the name meant.”

He left more letters before he died

Moore dedicated his life to social justice.

But he didn’t believe that was enough.

"I have no significant achievements to offer," he wrote in one letter. "So I am laying down my life here today, in order to call attention to issues of great human concern."

In his final letter, he noted that he died “with love in (his) heart” for the victims as racism and “the perpetrators of such horrors.”

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연대투쟁가(連帶鬪爭歌)  /  Song of Solidarity in Struggle

연대의 깃발을 올려라 총진군이다  / raise the flag of solidarity, we all shall march

머리띠 묶어주며 어깨 걸고 일어서라 / we’ll tie our comrade’s headband and rest shoulder upon shoulder

우리는 패배를 모른다 후퇴도 모른다 / we know not defeat nor retreat

강철같은 연대투쟁 전진 뿐이다 / solidarity in struggle, hard as steel - onwards is the only way

그래 너희에겐 외세와 자본이 있고 / you may have foreign powers and capital

폭력집단 경찰과 군대 있지만 / as well as violent police and the army

우리에겐 신념과 의리로 뭉친 / while we have comrades, united by resolution and loyalty

죽음도 함께하는 동지가 있다 / who are together even in death

보아라 (투쟁) 연대의 깃발 / see - the flags of solidarity

들어라 (투쟁) 단결의 함성 / hear - our united battlecry

너희의 마지막 발악 투쟁으로 화답하리라 /  try as you might - we won’ stop the struggle

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I am a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, the Nazis’ mass murder of Europe’s Jews. The tragic experience of my family and community under Hitler makes me alert to the suffering of other peoples denied their human rights today — including the Palestinians…. For me, the Israeli government’s actions toward the Palestinians awaken horrific memories of my family’s experiences under Hitlerism: the inhuman walls, the checkpoints, the daily humiliations, killings, diseases, the systematic deprivation. There’s no escaping the fact that Israel has occupied the entire country of Palestine, and taken most of the land, while the Palestinians have been expelled, walled off, and deprived of human rights and human dignity.
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