CHICAGO -- At Reformation Lutheran Church on the South Side, religious leaders held a prayer vigil to remember the nine lives lost in South Carolina.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, a stalwart of the civil rights movement, says the racially motivated killings at a black church in South Carolina are part of a troubling and growing racist movement.
Social commentator Julianne Malveaux said the killer's confession and his history in white supremacist groups provide answers to key questions.
“Was it a hate crime? Well, what does it look like? Was it terrorism? Of course, it was racial terrorism,” she said.
The comments came at the Rainbow PUSH coalition's annual conference on the South Side of Chicago.
“The black community is in a state of emergency. By anyone's definition, that is certainly true,” said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, the chairman of the congressional black caucus. He says Democrats in Congress will push for stricter gun control.
Meanwhile Jackson is once again calling for the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol, raising the possibility of what he says could be a "major boycott" of South Carolina.